The J-2R casting machines—packed with advanced technology—are affordable, space-conscious, and among the easiest casting systems to set up, use, and maintain. Read on to find out the top ten reasons to treat your business to a brand new J-2R. . .
For hundreds of years, when it came to silver you had two choices: sterling or fine. Pretty simple. But Argentium changed all that. Check out this fascinating video featuring its inventor, Peter Johns, and Rio’s own Kevin Whitmore.
In this video, Tim Sheriff, shows you step-by-step how to create an eye-catching sterling silver bead cage custom-sized to your standard-size marble using the Swanstrom link-forming pliers. Enjoy!
Today, on The Studio, we’re sharing a video project which features the ever-brilliant Bill Fretz forming a concave cuff bracelet using his new Silversmith’s Forming Stakes and a brass blank. Enjoy!
Do you love to create surface texture in your Precious Metal Clay pieces? Today, we’re featuring an inspiring video with Mark Nelson, in which he shares his techniques for transferring texture to metal clay pieces. If the video leaves you wanting more, you can also join an upcoming Intermediate PMC class with Barbara Becker Simon!
Rio Grande has been around since 1944, but we’ve only been on YouTube for about three-and-a-half years. Today, on The Studio, we’re celebrating over three million views and we’re sharing some favorite and most-loved videos too!
Foldforming is an awesome way to manipulate metal to create cool, organic shapes. Developed by Charles Lewton-Brain in the 1980s, foldforming works with any kind of metal, and is a great technique to experiment with when you’re looking for that unique new idea. In today’s post, Mark Nelson will inspire you to try foldforming by making a bead using the technique.
The Studio is excited to bring you another video clip featuring Bill Fretz and his innovative forming stakes. Last year, Bill showed Studio readers some Basic Hammering and Forming. This year, he helps us take forming a few steps further with a clip from his latest DVD, Metalsmith Essentials: Forming Hollow Rings with Bill Fretz.
Today’s post on The Studio features a video with artist Candace Gates, in which she shows us how to make a beautiful metal clay ring using one of her own Dynasty Stamps and a handheld butane torch. As she demonstrates, Candace provides helpful cleaning, finishing, and torch-firing tips. Come on over and check it out!
At the 2011 SNAG Conference, Phil Poirier introduced his new hammer, vise, and stakes, to rave reviews. I’m happy to tell you that barely one year later…he’s done it again! At this year’s SNAG Conference Phil brought his brand new Bonny Doon Small Forming Tools, which take the innovations of his hammer and stakes to a whole new level. Check out today’s post to learn more!
We’ll be announcing the 2012 Saul Bell Design Award winners this week at a gala dinner in Las Vegas. But while we wait, let’s take a look back at the beautiful work of two of our winners from 2011 – Andrea Williams and James Carter!
Continuing our countdown to the announcement of the 2012 Saul Bell Design Award winners, today The Studio presents last year’s 2nd prize winner in the Hollowware category: Sung-Yeoul Lee from Stillwater, Oklahoma. Come on over to get a glimpse of how this inspiring artist thinks!