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Our Process

Conceptualization process


People come to us with two different mindsets. About half of them know exactly what they're looking for while the other half kind of has an idea but doesn't have any specific needs. When someone brings a picture of what they're looking for it makes the process much easier as it becomes just a question of engineering. If they don't know what they want usually what we'll do is sit down with them and show them different custom jewelry pieces we have made and get an idea of what they like and what they're looking for.

We have an excellent selection of designs that we've done previously on both the Internet as well as our computer in the shop. People can always point out the designs they like, then it's our job to figure out exactly what they like about it and to create a jewelry piece with these features. It is important to find out exactly what they find attractive.  Often times the first thing that they like is what they end up creating. Sometimes we will create a sketch of the idea to help our customers visualize the item being made. 

We like to keep our customers involved in every stage of our process from conceptualization through the fabrication of waxes to the final product. We even take people on a tour of our studio to show them exactly how their jewelry is being made.

Once we have a general idea of what we want to create we move on to the fabrication phase.

Fabrication


Depending on the design that is chosen there are a few different options for fabrication. The first process is where we create a wax either by handcarving it or generating the shape with a computer program. The wax starts out as a block and we sculpt it into the proper shape. Once we have the wax we bring the customer in so they can approve the wax before we take the next step.

Once a wax is finalized and approved, we move on something called an investment process.  This is where we pour investment over the wax pressurize it to remove all the bubbles and then heat it to solidify the mold and melts the wax out of a hole created at the bottom of the investment.

From there we clean up the investment fully and place it in a spinning device.  Then we heat the metal to be used for the jewelry piece and put it in the investment.  We then spin the metal inside the mold so that the metal is forced up into the investment, and takes the shape of the jewelry piece.  We then have the basic shape for the piece, we cut off the "gate" (a bit of extra metal where the hole in the cast was) and we move on to the finishing process.

The other main method of making jewelry is fabrication. We start with a wire or a sheet of metal and hammer it and bend it and bang it and weld it together until it takes shape. Then there's not so much to show the customer and it can be a very long and tedious process to watch, so people generally don't want to be involved as much in this method.

Finishing Process


This is where the precision detail work comes in. Using various metal shaping tools we engrave, shape and add personality to your unique custom jewelry. After the ring has its final shape we will add any precious stones and polish the finished work.

 

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