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Tool Maintenance: Touch Up Your Swanstrom Super-Flush Cutters and Sharpen Your Cutter Punches

Jul 10, 2014
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Bernadette Bennett
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Have you noticed that some of your tools may not be as easy to use as they were when you took them out of the box and tested them out? Over time, metal loses its edge; it develops rust. What can you do to prevent this inevitable decline of your tools?

The best way to keep them in excellent working condition is to perform periodic maintenance. Although this is common sense, it is often the most neglected task. Remember, you want to slice your discs, not pound them. You want to sever your wire, not pinch it. In order to help your tools perform optimally, you’ll need to take a few minutes out of your day and give them some TLC.

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With regular sharpening and maintenance, Swanstrom tools will give you years of great use!

In the following video, Tim Sheriff of Swanstrom Tools shares great tips for maintaining cutting edges on your valuable tools. If you own a Swanstrom Disc Cutter or a set of Swanstrom Super-Flush Cutters this video is a must see!

With regular maintenance, your cutters will be there for you when you need them the most.
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Master Your Stone-Setting Techniques with TrendSetter Wheels

Jun 4, 2014
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Bernadette Bennett
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Stone setting is hard work. To master the necessary skills you’ll need precision, patience, and plenty of practice. Blaine Lewis, widely recognized as the premier diamond-setting instructor in the U.S. today, understands this and invented TrendSetter Wheels which allow students to repeatedly set stones without setting up an individual mounting for each stone. Learn more about Blaine’s genius Trendsetter Wheels today on The Studio.

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Video How-To with Ronda Coryell: Soldering and Working with Argentium Silver

May 26, 2014
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Yvonne M. Padilla
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Today, world-renowned jewelry designer and instructor Ronda Coryell demonstrates some great techniques, tips, and tricks for working with Argentium Silver. Don’t miss a chance to learn more about this remarkable metal from the best of the best!

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Video How-To: Blaine Lewis on Precision Bur Control While Setting Gemstones

May 22, 2014
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Yvonne M. Padilla
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See one. Do one. There’s nothing like learning from a pro when it comes to setting gemstones. Through his videos and DVDs, Blaine Lewis teaches you one-on-one how to use your setting burs with precision and a whole lot more about how to set stones like a pro. Get started in today’s post at The Studio!

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Creating & Coloring Jewelry with Reactive Metals and Anodizing

Apr 7, 2014
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Anodizing is a simple and fun way to add color to your niobium work. What, you don’t work in niobium?? Why not? Niobium is hypoallergenic and naturally silver-gray with an extraordinary capacity to take on color using nothing more than a micro anodizer and a cup of electrolyte.

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Video How-To with Mark Nelson: Creating Texture with Gilding and Reticulation

Jan 9, 2014
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Molly Therese Bell

Reticulation is a technique that presents a beautifully patterned surface finish, which lends itself well to a wide variety of jewelry designs. Eager to experiment with reticulation? Today The Studio features a how-to video, in which Mark Nelson demonstrates ways to use this technique to achieve unexpected and wonderful texture.

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Look at What You Can Do with Bonny Doon Hydraulic Metal Forming!

Jan 8, 2014
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Shelby Chant
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Ashli Brooke Taylor created her Baroque-inspired Copper Pendant using the Bonny Doon hydraulic press. This innovative and powerful tool allowed her to direct all hydraulic energy on the design rather than expending her own physical energy on forming the metal with a hammer. After you see Ashli’s beautiful results, you’ll be asking yourself what YOU can do with a Bonny Doon!

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Year in Review: Jewelry-Making Videos Are Worth a Thousand Words

Jan 2, 2014
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Yvonne M. Padilla

If you’re a regular reader of The Studio, then you know that we’ve featured dozens of videos over the years. But did you know that all of these videos (and hundreds more!) are on Rio Grande’s YouTube channel? Since 2009, our dedicated in-house video production team has scripted, directed, filmed, edited, and uploaded new, fun, and highly informative jewelry-making videos for you, our customer, to Rio’s channel. In 2013, we added more than 100 videos and reached the 5 million views mark! See a few of our favorites on The Studio today.

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Video How-To: Aura 22 Accent Paint Brings Touches of Gold to Your Fine Silver Pieces

Dec 20, 2013
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Molly Therese Bell

In today’s video, see how to easily add touches of 22 karat gold to your PMC and other silver designs with Aura 22 Gold Solution. The result is a permanent, natural, fluid-looking layer of gold that is substantially thicker than electroplating.

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Display & Packaging Checklist: Tips & Tricks to Take You Through the Holiday Shopping Season!

Nov 11, 2013
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Holiday shopping season is around the corner! Are you ready to show off your jewelry? I mean, really ready? It takes some assessment and house cleaning to position your beautiful line of jewelry in the best possible light. To help you get the most from your displays this season we’re sharing a helpful checklist of display and packaging details and then a great video with Mark Nelson which features even more display tips and ideas.

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