Expand Your Skill-Set with Classes at Rio!

Expand your knowledge, acquire innovative new techniques, and learn with your peers in the many classes offered onsite in our Albuquerque facility.

Our classes are taught by industry experts and we provide all the tools and equipment you'll need. You'll receive hands-on training, work with state-of-the-art equipment, and the pieces you make in class are yours to keep—along with a wealth of knowledge and the spark to expand your jewelry making into new and exciting areas. Invest in yourself and your creativity by registering for a class (or three) today!

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Classes


Coin Ring Making Using Seamless Ring Construction

Dates: August 22–24, 2018; 9am–4:30pm

Jason Stinchfield Price: $450

Learn from Jason Stinchfield how to make incredibly beautiful and detailed rings from minted coins using innovative tools and techniques he devised.

Jason teaches the techniques he developed and shows you how to apply them to cut, fold, shape and size rings while preserving their depth and detail both outside and inside the finished ring. Virtually any coin can be made into a ring, so the possibilities are endless. With this technique, you can also make seamless rings using tooling such as Bonny Doon pattern plates and Durston rolling mills and a variety of metals, including mokume gane. 

Here's what you'll learn in this three-day class! NOTE: We provide all the tools and equipment for use in the class, including four coins to use for making rings.
• Learn where and how to choose your coins (four coins are provided, but feel free to bring additional coins with you if you like).
• Discover the aspects of custom orders you may receive when making a coin ring from coins supplied by the customer.
• Learn the concepts of seamless ring construction and the advantages of the technique.
• Discover new possibilities to increase your jewelry making portfolio:
– annealing techniques
– patina techniques
– basic and advanced techniques for coin ring/seamless ring making using innovative tools.

What you'll take home with you:
• The pieces you make in class.
• A wealth of knowledge and ideas
• The spark to expand your jewelry making skills into new and intriguing areas.

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CAD with 3DESIGN®

Dates: Multiple Dates; 9am-5pm

David Swallow Price: $925

Designed BY a jeweler, FOR jewelers, 3DESIGN® allows you to design anything and everything. In this three-day class, you'll learn how to do it!

You'll spend three days with David Swallow, the best 3DESIGN® instructor in the U.S., getting hands-on training—actually working in the software. Experience the intuitive ease of using 3DESIGN and quickly understand why it's the top CAD software in the jewelry industry. This 3DESIGN class from Rio Grande offer the industry-leading software and the country's top instructor, along with after-the-class access to hone your skills—all at a cost that's less than any other options out there (and we're talking hundreds of dollars less)!

2018 class dates:

July 25–27

October 24–26

Here's what you'll learn in this three-day class! NOTE: We provide all the tools and equipment for use in the class.
• Get familiar with the program's tools, create and manipulate simple forms, and design your own ring. 
• Continue learning CAD at home with a 30-day license of the full 3DESIGN® package—more than five hours of online video tutorials and access to a very active worldwide users' forum (not to mention support from Rio's Technical Support team). And, if you decide to purchase the 3DESIGN package, you get the 3Shaper sculpting module free!.

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A Wax-Carving Intensive with Kate Wolf

Dates: October 29–November 2, 8:30am–5pm

Kate Wolf Price: $995

A wicked week of wax! Work with Kate Wolf in this 5-day intensive class to learn what an amazing material wax is when it comes to jewelry design.

Wax is a more amazing material than you may ever thought it to be. In this five-day, hands-on workshop, explore with Kate the innovative approaches to working with wax, to carving wax with an emphasis on developing your confidence and creativity. Explore how to transform scribbles into resolved designs and then into ready-to-use layouts. With Kate's shared expertise, and working with Wolf Milling Wax™, you'll discover a whole new world of wax. Watch live, highly magnified demonstrations of many wax techniques. Students can expect to finish a couple of projects and leave with a few more pieces in process. All skill levels welcome.

Here's what you'll learn in this five-day workshop! NOTE: We provide all the tools and equipment for use in the workshop.

• Work on carving rings, bezels and partial bezels for both cabochon-cut and faceted stones.
• Contour and fit shadow bands, hollow forms and mirror images.
• Acquire and practice flame techniques.
• Create textures and faux granulation.
• Construct pierced work.
• Get familiar with hollowing, finishing and repairing techniques.
•Make tools to suit your design needs and more.
• Rapidly and accurately remove excess material using the flex shaft for affordable lathe and milling processes.
• Make a ring from a ring tube, using affordable flex shaft lathe 
techniques.

What you'll take home with you:
• The wax designs you make in class and an incredible depth of skill to take back to your studio and put to use, continuing to explore these techniques. 
• A wealth of knowledge and the spark to raies your jewelry-making skills.


After this class, we recommend you move on to a basic casting class, learning to cast your great new wax carvings!

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Bezels to Bead Setting with Phil Scott

Dates: 2018 class was great; watch for 2019 dates!

Phillip Scott Price: $995

Knowing how to set a stone into your custom designs is just one of the ways to move your designs from 'Wow' to 'Pow!'. In this five day intensive class from Rio Grande, you will learn the valuable skill of stone setting and how to apply the various techniques to your jewelry making skills.

Here's what you'll learn in this 5 day intensive class 
NOTE: We provide all the tools and equipment for use in the class. 

  • Jump right in on the first day as you learn how to effectively set up your bench and hear all about the various tools you'll be using. Discuss which type of optics/magnification are the best to use.
  • Learn the basics of how stone setting works so that you can go back to your studio and continue to practice, practice, practice.
  • Learn how to properly hold and use a flex shaft for ultimate control while setting stones
  • While using stone-setting burs, learn how to properly cut seats, both deep and shallow, and how to precisely fit stones into the various types of settings.
  • Using various techniques and tools, you will set CZs into brass and silver to make practice pieces. 
  • Techniques covered include:
    • Bezel setting
    • Tube setting
    • Prong setting
    • Channel Setting
    • Bead Setting
    • Pavé
    • Gypsy/ Flush setting

 

What you'll take home with you:
• The pieces you make in class.
• A wealth of knowledge and the spark to take your jewelry making and stone setting in new and exciting directions. After this class, It’s time to take it all home and Practice, Practice, Practice. 

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Carving Wax Figurative Pieces with Kate Wolf

Dates: 2018 class was great; watch for 2019 dates!

Kate Wolf Price: $450

In this three-day workshop, under Kate's expert and entertaining guidance, you will learn how to carve figurative wax pieces, such as animals, leaves, flowers and skulls.

Learn design development, layout, carving and finishing using Wolf Waxes, Wolf's Wicked Sharp Wax-Carving tools and other, dare we say, "addictive" tools. If you're a fabricator working in metal, learning to carve wax can greatly expand your design vocabulary. And if you're already carving waxes, Kate will show you techniques to make your process more efficient and fun! You'll leave this class fired up about the wax-carving process and appreciative of this versatile, forgiving medium that allows you to create carved pieces ready for casting.

Here's what you'll learn in this three-day workshop! NOTE: We provide all the tools and equipment for use in the workshop.

  • Learn how to go from an idea to a finished piece, and how to find images and then turn those images into patterns to transfer onto the wax.
  • Learn helpful shortcuts and use handy, efficient tools (such as a drill press and the Wolf Trimmer) to rapidly and accurately remove the bulk of excess material, so you can get to the fun part faster.
  • Explore the logical, progressive removal of material using carving tools and the flex shaft for affordable milling processes to create a completed form.
  • Kate will discuss how to minimize casting problems so you get the beautiful, professional results you want!
  • Learn how to hollow the wax and create smooth surfaces––lowering casting charges and reducing casting defects.

What you'll take home with you:

  • The wax-carved pieces you make in class and lots of great ideas to continue working on back at your studio.

 
Along with this class, we recommend you try out our Basic Casting class and learn to cast your new wax carvings!

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Basic Casting with Scott Bradford and Gregg Burgard

Dates: 2018 class was great; watch for 2019 dates!

Scott Bradford Price: $360

Cast with confidence! In this two-day class from Rio Grande, learn casting basics and appreciate why manufacturers and designers—from large production houses such as Tiffany to smaller custom design studios—use casting in their processes.

See how much more you can do in your studio by adding this valuable skill!

Here's what you'll learn in this two-day class! 
NOTE: We provide all the tools and equipment for use in the class. 

• Learn step-by-step casting basics as well as the purpose and deliverables for each step so that you are better prepared to manage and adjust your process. Learn how to:
 –Carve a ring from wax.
 –Build a tree and prepare your flask.
 –Invest the flask and tree and perform a burn-out overnight. 
 –Measure and weigh the metal you will need for your casting. 
 –Remove the flask from the oven, then cast it using the centrifugal process. 
 –Quench the flask and remove your cast tree from the mold. 
 –Pickle the tree and clip castings from the tree. 
• Learn about and watch several different casting techniques.
• Watch a demonstration of the molding and wax injection processes. 
• Inject wax into molds (using existing molds). 

What you'll take home with you:
• The pieces you make in class.
• A wealth of knowledge and the spark to take your jewelry-making and casting skills in new and exciting directions.

This class is a great class to take right after Kate Wolf’s “Carving Figurative Wax Pieces” class

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Form and Function—Engineering for Multiples

Dates: August 7–10, 2018; 9am–4:30pm

Jayne Redman Price: $750

Learn how to make blanking dies that can quickly cut multiples of the same shape from metal sheet, increasing your production capabilities. In this four-day intensive workshop, Jayne Redman takes you through the design process from initial drawings to final prototypes and finished pieces.

 
Prerequisite: This class requires experience with basic metalsmithing skills, specifically sawing, filing and using a flex shaft.

Known for her unusual way of working with metal in three dimensions, Jayne Redman often uses multiples of the same shape to convey a single idea. She considers combinations of form and function, integrating mechanics with design and applying innovative engineering methods. In this class, Jayne teaches the principles behind centrally radiating forms, properly nested forms, spacing for slotted forms, using faux hinging, tab construction and cold connections as well as soldering techniques. You'll learn how to make blanking dies, allowing you to create more work faster. Without a restrictive investment in time, you can get lost in the design process, experimenting with forming and assembling those shapes.

See Jayne demonstrate her own inventive methods for:
– forming metal.
– connecting components.
– engineering pattern designs.

Though this is a process-oriented, rather than a project-oriented, class, you are encouraged to bring any specific design you may have in mind and work with Jayne to execute your idea—analyzing and resolving any challenges that arise.

Here's what you'll learn in this four-day class ! (
NOTE: We provide all the tools and equipment for use in the class.)
• Learn the anatomy of a blanking die. 
• Learn how to develop patterns for the blanking die process.
• Learn a method for sawing dies from tool steel flat stock. As you make and use your own blanking dies during class, you will be astonished at how quickly you can go from your original idea to producing perfectly duplicated shapes.

What you'll take home with you:
• The pieces you make in class.
• A wealth of knowledge and the spark to take your metal-forming and fabrication skills to a higher level.

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Hydraulic Forming

Dates: Sep 11–12, 2018; 9am–4:30pm

Peter Gilroy Price: $395

Discover how to use the strong arm of machinery in your jewelry-making and metal-forming work in this two-day hydraulic forming class.

After this class, you may well be asking: "Is there anything a Bonny Doon press CAN'T do?"

And the answer is: "Very little!"

Learn to use a Bonny Doon hydraulic press to create everything from statuesque vessels to intricate (sometimes very small) seamless works of art and jewelry pieces. A press can literally turn a vessel inside-out. In this two-day workshop class, you'll learn hydraulic die-forming, a process empowering the artist with 20 tons of strength, increased productivity, and the potential to create in ways other methods cannot. 

Here's what you'll learn in this two-day class (NOTE: We provide all the tools and equipment for use in the workshop):

• You'll learn about the die-making process, including design and lay out, starting with simple die-making techniques then progressing to more complex methods. 
• You'll gain an understanding of 'appropriate engineering' and 'appropriate designing' so that you can use the simplest and most effective techniques to get the desired finished piece. 
• Get fired up and ready to try the thousands of ways you can add more dimension and volume to your work and realize your designs in three dimensions. 
• See what it feels like to manipulate metal with 20 tons of strength as you get hands-on practice using a Bonny Doon press. 
• Learn fundamental techniques including doming, forming, bending and embossing while you become familiar with urethanes and their various applications.
• Get hands-on experience using both the innovative silhouette die kit and the synclastic bracelet former.
• Learn about press tooling safety and maintenance. 
• Finally, you'll quickly discover that with hydraulic forming, there's no limit to what you can do with metal!

What you'll take home with you:
• The pieces you form in class.
• A wealth of knowledge and the spark to take your jewelry making and metal forming in new and exciting directions.
This class pairs nicely with a keum-boo class...finish the pieces you've made with highlights of gold! And, deepen (pun intended!) your metal-forming skills using a Bonny Doon press by moving right into the Intermediate Hydraulic Forming workshop that follows this one!

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Intermediate Hydraulic Forming with G. Phil Poirier

Dates: 2018 class was great; watch for 2019 dates!

Phil Poirier Price: $395

In this two-day intermediate hydraulic forming class, gain a deeper understanding of the underlying processes involved in hydraulic forming, helping you to use your press more effectively to form metal for your jewelry designs.

In this two-day intermediate hydraulic forming class, taught by the owner of Bonny Doon Engineering, continue to expand your knowledge and refine your skills using this exciting technique, reaching the full potential of making jewelry and hollowware designs using a Bonny Doon hydraulic press. Leave this class better equipped to make effective design decisions when using the press, allowing you to create pieces that set you apart.

Here's what you'll learn in this two-day class:

NOTE: We provide all the tools and equipment for use in the class. 

• You'll learn tricks of the trade and the nitty-gritty details of the hydraulic forming technique that will help you create designs that are uniquely yours.
• You'll learn the WHY and HOW of making face plates for use with silhouette dies as well as how to create more volume with them.
• You'll work with highly detailed tool steel dies and learn about the differences between conforming and non-conforming dies and coining.
• After in-depth instruction, you'll carve your own acrylic die; watch a demo on carving, hardening and tempering steel dies. 
• Watch and learn about new ways to create much more volume, size and detail in metal. 
• Continue to build a strong framework using the press to dome, form, bend and emboss metal. 
• There are numerous ways to form bracelets, and you'll learn when and how to use the right technique with the right die to get the desired results. 
• Get hands-on experience forming bracelets and using the deep-draw technique to make shaped forms including hemispheres and egg shapes.

What you'll take home with you:

• The formed pieces you make in class.
• A wealth of knowledge and the inspiration to take your jewelry making and metal forming in new and exciting directions.

After this class, it's time to embark on an intensive advanced hydraulic forming class!

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Intermediate Hydraulic Forming

Dates: Sept 13–14, 2018; 9am–4:30pm

Peter Gilroy Price: $395

In this two-day intermediate hydraulic forming class, gain a deeper understanding of the underlying processes involved in hydraulic forming, helping you to use your press more effectively to form metal for your jewelry designs.

In this two-day intermediate hydraulic forming class, taught by Peter Gilroy of Bonny Doon Engineering, continue to expand your knowledge and refine your skills using this exciting technique, reaching the full potential of making jewelry and hollowware designs using a Bonny Doon hydraulic press. Leave this class better equipped to make effective design decisions when using the press, allowing you to create pieces that set you apart.

Here's what you'll learn in this two-day class!

NOTE: We provide all the tools and equipment for use in the class. 

• You'll learn tricks of the trade and the nitty-gritty details of the hydraulic forming technique that will help you create designs that are uniquely yours.
• You'll learn the WHY and HOW of making face plates for use with silhouette dies as well as how to create more volume with them.
• You'll work with highly detailed tool steel dies and learn all about the differences between conforming and non-conforming dies and coining.
• After in-depth instruction, you'll carve your own acrylic die; watch a demo on carving, hardening and tempering steel dies. 
• Watch and learn about new ways to create much more volume, size and detail in metal. 
• Continue to build a strong framework using the press to dome, form, bend and emboss metal. 
• There are numerous ways to form bracelets, and you'll learn when and how to use the right technique with the right die to get the desired results. 
• Get hands-on experience forming bracelets and using the deep-draw technique to make shaped forms including hemispheres and egg shapes.

What you'll take home with you:

• The formed pieces you make in class.
• A wealth of knowledge and the spark to take your jewelry making and metal forming in new and exciting directions.

After this class, it's time to embark on an intensive advanced hydraulic forming class!

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Cloisonné Enameling with Ricky Frank

Dates: October 15–19, 2018. 9am–4:30pm

Ricky Frank Price: $925

What a COLORFUL world! Learn the ancient fine art of cloisonné enameling from master enamellist Ricky Frank in this class from Rio Grande. Enamels add color, design, pattern, and rich depth to your jewelry designs.

After this little bit of time with Ricky, you'll be enthralled and ready to get back to the studio to immediately apply the techniques you learned! 

Click here to see videos of Rick on Rio Grande’s YouTube channel.

Here's what you'll learn in this class! 

  • Discover fun, simple techniques to create original enamels quickly; learn how to prepare, apply and fire enamel for maximum clarity over fine silver. 
  • Enamel on copper and fine silver.
  • Create your personal enamel "vocabulary."
  • Learn to use transparent enamel over gold and silver foil.
  • Explore your creative process.
  • Develop your critical eye to help you make artistic choices.
  • Try out the tips for making basic fine-silver shapes and bending wire to make simple or complex cloisonne patterns.
  • Play with color and see how easy it is to create color gradations that flow seamlessly into one another. 
  • Learn how to fire enamels in two ways: with a kiln and with a torch.
  • Make a 1"-diameter cloisonne enamel suitable for setting into a bezel. 
  • Explore several finishing methods to polish your enamel. 

NOTE: We provide all the tools and equipment for use in the class.

What you'll take home with you:

  • The pieces you make in class.
  • A wealth of knowledge and the spark to take your jewelry-making and enameling skills in new and exciting directions.

After this class, it's time to move on to an intermediate enameling class. Or check out a stone-setting class to add even more value to your pieces. Drawing, painting and composition art classes also offer great instruction on skills that will enhance your enameling technique!


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Hydraulic Forming: Bracelet & Ring

Dates: 2018 class was great; watch for 2019 dates!

Phil Poirier Price: $150

Learn from G. Phil Poirier, owner of Bonny Doon Engineering, how to form rings and bracelets quickly and easily using a Bonny Doon hydraulic press in this one-day intensive class.

Work with Phil to learn how to form rings using die sets and contained urethane—beautifully shaping closed and open rings in both traditional and contemporary styles. Create a range of bracelet styles from organic, convoluting shapes to highly refined anticlastic and synclastic shapes using a variety of tooling and techniques in your press. Students take away a better understanding of how to create rings and bracelets with more precision and less effort.

Here's what you'll learn in this one day class ...

  • Learn all about how hydraulic presses work and how to use them safely and correctly. 
  • Learn how to form rings and understand the tooling and how each configuration works.
    • Sizing rings
    • Open vs. closed rings
  • Learn how to form bracelets.
    • Understanding the various bracelet forming die sets
    • Synclastic techniques
    • Anticlastic techniques
    • Convoluting technique

NOTE: We provide all the tools and equipment for use in the class. 

What you'll take home with you:
• The many pieces you make in class.
• A wealth of knowledge .
• The inspiration—and skills—to take your jewelry making and stone setting in new and exciting directions.

After this class, take the Hydraulic Forming or Intermediate Hydraulic Forming classes. 

 Links to video of some of the techniques used in class:

Synclastic Bracelet Kit

Forming a cuff bracelet

Anticlastic Bracelet Kit

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High-Relief Eastern Repoussé and Chasing with Victoria Lansford

Dates: September 26–28, 2018; 9am–4:30pm

Victoria Lansford Price: $450

Learn the secret of texturally sculpting metal into any shape or design of high or low relief with the technique of Eastern repoussé and chasing, used by the ancient Egyptian, Greek, and Scythian metalsmiths.

*Prerequisite: This class requires experience with basic metalsmithing and torch-soldering skills.

In this class, make two pieces suitable as pendants and one finger ring while learning how to achieve exquisite detail, unsurpassed depth, and multiple levels of relief that are exclusive to this type of repoussé, yet also applicable to any type of design. By working on a jewelry scale, you gain a working knowledge of the process that can be used on metalwork of any scale whether wearable, functional, or sculptural.

Through the ring project, you also learn Victoria’s method of creating cuff bracelets in a fraction of the time. Students discover the possibilities of using this process with alternative materials such as mokume gane and bi-metal. No tool making required!

Victoria and Rio Grande provide sets of tools for use during the workshop; these tools are Swiss machine–replicated from Victoria's own unique tools. An extensive color handout provided during the class offers further information on tool making that students can pursue after the class to serve their particular work with the techniques learned in this class.

Through her artwork, publications, workshops, and passion for creating Victoria has generated an international revival of nearly lost, old world metalsmithing techniques. Her award winning artwork has been featured in numerous exhibits and publications, including Metalsmith, Jewelry Artist, Chasing & Repoussé, in books in the Lark 500 series and in her internationally acclaimed video and book series, Metal Techniques of Bronze Age Masters.
 
Find out more about chasing and repoussé by visiting Victoria’s website at victorialansford.com
Enjoy a video describing the tools used in these processes: Chasing Tools 

Here's what you'll learn in this three-day class! NOTE: We provide all the tools and equipment for use in the class.
Expert techniques for chasing and repoussé. 
How to raise high-relief designs.
Practice working with ring and pendant.
Learn how to use a variety of forming tools and the important safety precautions to follow.

What you'll take home with you:
The pieces you make in class.
A wealth of knowledge and the spark to take your jewelry making and soldering in new and exciting directions. After this class, take on more fabrication classes!

 
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Cancellation policy: full refund with at least two weeks’ written notice.

Have questions? Contact us at [email protected].

Welcome to Albuquerque, Our Land of Enchantment!


Immerse yourself in the rich culture and heritage of the Southwest. Soak in our blue skies and year-round sunshine. Breathe in the high-desert air scented with sage and piñon, and you'll understand why New Mexico is truly the Land of Enchantment.

Where to Stay: Special rates are available to our students at Hampton Inn & Suites West, Hotel Albuquerque, La Quinta Inn & Suites and Best Western.

In order to get the corporate rate, you must call the local number listed below, and mention you are taking a class at Rio Grande. All prices are subject to change without notice.

Hotel Albuquerque

hotelabq.com

Rate*: $96

800 Rio Grande Blvd. NW

505.843.6300

(*must ask for Rio Grande rate to get quote and reserve rooms)

NOTE: Near Albuquerque's historic Old Town Plaza.

La Quinta Inn & Suites

lq.com

Rate*: $60

6101 Iliff Road NW

505.839.1744

(*must ask for Rio Grande rate to get quote and reserve rooms)

NOTE: Limited walking-distance access to restaurants and other conveniences.

Hampton Inn

hamptoninn3.hilton.com

Rate*: $85

6150 Iliff Road NW

505.833.3700

(*must ask for Rio Grande rate to get quote and reserve rooms)

NOTE: Limited walking-distance access to restaurants and other conveniences.

Best Western Rio Grande

riograndeinn.com

Rate*: 30% off daily rate

1015 Rio Grande Blvd. NW

505.843.9500

(*must call local number and ask for the Rio Grande rate to get quote and reserve rooms)

NOTE: Has restaurant, bar & grill, swimming pool and complimentary airport shuttle 7am–10pm.