Our finished jewelry sets are ready to offer to your customers for simple upsells. These fashion jewelry favorites come in many fun themes across full sets of earrings, bracelets, necklaces and rings. Choose from sterling silver finished jewelry sets, gold-plated necklaces and earrings and even trendy copper jewelry designs!
Recycle your precious metal scrap and recover your costs through
Rio Grande's scrap refining program. Learn more or get your scrap
kit to send in your silver, gold, gold-filled, palladium,
fired precious metal clay and platinum scrap now!
Find the right tool for any jewelry making project. Rio Grande offers the best
selection of jewelry bench tools and equipment available, backed by our
world-class technical support. Reach for Rio Grande whether you need beading tools,
a new jewelry work bench, or any other jewelry tools and supplies.
We even offer jewelry making equipment for casting and other advanced techniques.
We carry trusted jewelry bench tool brands like Swanstrom,
Beadalon, Foredom Flex Shaft, Bonny Doon, Fretz Hammers and more.
Find the best-quality jewelry making tools and supplies at the best prices.
Bead stringers know: you can never have too many beads! Whether you need colorful
Swarovski beads, briolette beads or glass beads, or your design calls for a classic
pearl or a natural stone bead, Rio Grande is your bead stringing source! Don¹t forget
about gold beads and sterling silver beads and other metal beads; they¹re all here, too.
Bold creations meet bold jewelry displays at Rio Grande, where you¹ll find specialty displays
to complement your designs and help increase sales. Rio Grande offers a variety of jewelry
card displays from revolving to stationary, as well as striking organic fabric displays
including silk, suede, velvet, faux leather and hemp.
Versatile and inspiring silver precious metal clay has been available from Rio Grande
for more than a decade‹and today the passion for metal clay continues to evolve with
colorful BRONZclay and COPPRclay. Make Rio your first source for innovative metal clay tools,
products, and ideas‹such as fire-in-place Embeddables findings‹and any other metal clay supplies
At Rio Grande, you¹ll find the media you need to create unique,
colorful pieces and expand your jewelry-making repertoire. Stock up on
supplies for enameling, the art that welcomes the newcomer, yet challenges
the expert. Add a splash of color with Colores, the fashionable epoxy resin
that brightens up your work.
Delivering outstanding performance and with a overall capacity of 12 lbs., this single-barrel tumbler can accommodate up to 6 lbs. of steel shot for effective, efficient results. Keep in mind that the workpieces added will increase the weight, up to a max. of 12 lbs. Designed for continuous shop operation, the Lortone QT12 tumbler features a 10-sided barrel, a leak-proof closure, an overload-protected motor and a rugged steel frame.
please note: If you will be using Super Sunsheen or other caustic compounds in your tumbler, dilute the compound to 50% of the recommended strength to prevent breakdown of the rubber interior of the barrel. Do not use with solvents or harsh detergents.
Getting the Best Results from Your Rubber Barrels
As much as the right media and the right solutions, your tumbling barrel is crucial to achieving consistent, quality jewelry finishing results. If you use a rubber or neoprene barrel, you should know that some solutions can be too caustic for the barrel and can cause the rubber inside the barrel to break down. This possibility increases with lower-quality rubber barrels. You will know if this type of breakdown is occurring when you open your barrel and see your pieces covered in a black sludge or a yellowish, blackish, or bronze-color film. This film, or sludge, is the result of carbon and oil being leached from the interior surface of the barrel by strong or caustic solutions. Here are ways to clean a contaminated barrel and to prevent this breakdown from taking place.
SOLUTIONS TO AVOID: • Ammonia solutions • Bleach solutions • High-alkaline content solutions (ingredients such as borax) • Solvent-based solutions (including acetone and citrus cleaners) • Solutions with high concentrations of mild chemicals (such as soap)
HOW TO CLEAN A CONTAMINATED BARREL
Clean out your barrel with an acidic solution such as Coca-Cola (yep, Coke; allow the cola to go flat before using it), vinegar and water, Lime-A-Way® or CLR®).
Run the solution and your shot in 20-minute cycles, rinsing thoroughly between each cycle until the shot is shiny and clean.
Workpieces that are contaminated with sludge can be run in the barrel with the cleaning solution, or they can be cleaned by hand using a toothbrush dipped into the solution.
AVOIDING BREAKDOWN OF RUBBER BARRELS
If you are just starting to use a new rubber barrel and new shot, run the shot in vinegar and water (50/50 solution) for at least three 20-minute cycles, followed by a 20-minute rinse cycle with water and about 2 tablespoons of baking soda.
When using lower-end, economy barrels, run just plain water with a single drop of castile, pH-neutral, or Ivory® brand liquid soap.
If you use Super Sunsheen® solutions, dilute the Sunsheen to half of the recommended strength.
Run short cycles and check your water often. If you find that your solution is becoming yellow (the first sign of breakdown), run a cleaning cycle, then change to a milder solution or further dilute the solution you were using.