Today, on The Studio, Mark Nelson teaches us how to make a chain mail bracelet using a variation of the Byzantine pattern, with a few colorful Swarovski beads thrown in to make it pop! Check it out!
We’re announcing the 2012 Saul Bell Design Award winners in less than four weeks—so let’s check in with some of last year’s winners and see what they have to say about their work! Here’s Janice Grzyb, winner of the Silver/Argentium category.
For today’s post on The Studio, we asked Monica Foster, a Rio findings buyer, to pick something really special that we could feature. Monica’s task was not an easy one! It’s tricky to choose just ONE exciting new item from her line of gold and base-metal findings, because there are so many! Her selection? The Bronze Magnetic Dexterity Clasp. Easy-to-use, secure, and great looking –check it out!
In a few short weeks, the winners of the 2012 Saul Bell Design Award Competition will be announced at a gala dinner during JCK in Las Vegas. We’re excited to celebrate all the talented winners of the competition, and to set the stage for the big event, we’d like to share a little history of the Saul Bell Design Award with you. Also, in today’s post, meet the winners of last year’s competition!
In today’s video, Tim Sheriff of Swanstrom Tools uses the Swanstrom Link-Forming Pliers to turn 20ga sterling wire rings into a series of attractive interlocking knots. With some jump rings and a clasp, those wire knots become a necklace.
When Phil Poirier designed the Bonny Doon Hammer, he was thinking about the ideal tools for anticlastic and synclastic raising. Since debuting the hammer at last year’s SNAG Conference, we have found that it is capable of much more than that.
Have you heard? Our Tech Support team is on Facebook! And every Tuesday they share tips, tricks, and shortcuts they’ve learned from years of working at the bench. Today’s collected tidbits are gems, so be sure to head over to The Studio and bring a pencil to take some notes!
Looking to add a bit of flair to your flamework glass beads? In this video, Mark Nelson shows how simple it is to transform glass beads into fabulous pieces of wearable art using the Beadliner Kit and silver tubing.
BRONZclay™– or any metal clay – can be manipulated with simple tools, Dynasty Stamps, and other found objects to create nearly any texture you can dream up!
In today’s video, Mark Nelson uses a Dynasty Stamp to create a richly-textured pendant.
Rio Grande is proud to once again be a sponsor of the MJSA Expo in New York. MJSA is the show dedicated to professional excellence in jewelry making and design. We’d like to see you there! Read on to unveil the Top 10 Reasons You Should Go to MJSA. . .
Metal stamping can be used to add a quality mark to your piece, but you can also stamp your work with an endless array of letters and symbols, or give it memorable flair with your very own signature stamp. In this video, Mark demonstrates stamping techniques and talks about many of the ways stamping can be used to enhance your work. Enjoy!
Mark Nelson shows you how to add amazing colors to your creations! Easy-to-use Colores™ is the perfect way to add vibrant color and unique designs to your work. Once the color is mixed, you can add it to a bezel cup or any other concave shape that can contain it.