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Winners of the Orchid Raffle 2013 are Announced!
4 lucky winners share a grand prize pack valued at $ 10,000 to purchase tools and equipemnt sold online at Rio Grande
First prize: $ 5,000 Rio Grande gift certificate goes to Bonnie McKinnon, Surrey, British Columbia, Canada
Second prize: $ 3,000 Rio Grande gift certificate goes to Christine Halaburka, Los Gatos, California, USA
Third prize: $ 1,500 Rio Grande gift certificate goes to David Lumia, Manalapan, Florida. USA
Fourth prize: $ 500 Rio Grande gift certificate goes to Joanne Johnson, USA
The 2nd annual Lewton-Brain Foldform Competition is a juried competition for metal work using foldforming techniques. Submission fee is $25. Rio Grande will provide gift certificates for top prizes as follows: 1st Place $300, 2nd place $200, 3rd place $100, and Honorable Mention $50. Additional entries are recognized as Notable Submissions in a Jurors' Choice round. A 2013 video and the publication of an art book of curated entries from the Lewton-Brain Foldform Competitions 2012-2013 will follow this year's CLB 2013 conference.
It´s harder than steel, more durable than enamel, can be worn for years without scratching, and costs less than half the price of gold. It´s not science fiction; it´s the high-end ´gem ceramic´ jewelry made by Etienne Perret of Salon Etienne in Camden, Maine. The...
For all metal coloring and electroplating a clean metal surface is essential. The cleaning process must remove mineral oils, organic oils and greases as well as traces of chemicals on the surface. It must remove oxidation which might interfere with the metal coloration or plating adhesion and it...
What is a bench trick? A shortcut? A faster way of doing something? A better method? A tool used for one purpose converted to another? A tool or technique that saves time, effort, thinking and work? Bench tricks are keys to understanding Process, signifiers that someone has understood the process...
On an excursion in the Alps in 1797, mineralogist, R. J. Hauy discovered some highly vitreous, piezio-electric wedged-shaped crystals that resembled schorl, the dark variety of tourmaline. The incorrect designation, 'vitreous schorl', was used even after axinite was identified as a complicated...
Ask any jeweler to list the gemstones with which they prefer to work, and sapphires and rubies would undoubtedly rank near the top. With a hardness of 9 on the Mohs scale, these popular varieties of corundum have long been considered nearly impossible to damage, and they can easily withstand the...