Jewelry Design & Making Process

A quick walk through of how we take our pieces from concept to wearable jewelry. 

INITIAL SKETCHES Each piece is born in the mind, then transferred to paper. 

INITIAL SKETCHES

Each piece is born in the mind, then transferred to paper. 

DETAILS We spend hours ironing out the final design to get it ready for carving. 

DETAILS

We spend hours ironing out the final design to get it ready for carving. 

FRESH BLOCK OF WAX A new block of carving wax is cut down to loosely fit the shape and size of the final drawing.

FRESH BLOCK OF WAX

A new block of carving wax is cut down to loosely fit the shape and size of the final drawing.

 
PAPER TO WAX The final design is cut out and glued to the prepared block of wax. 

PAPER TO WAX

The final design is cut out and glued to the prepared block of wax. 

CARVING Carving takes hours and days, sometimes weeks, depending on the design. 

CARVING

Carving takes hours and days, sometimes weeks, depending on the design. 

GETTING CLOSER As the carving becomes more refined, different tools are used to ensure a smoth clean finish. 

GETTING CLOSER

As the carving becomes more refined, different tools are used to ensure a smoth clean finish. 

 
PRODUCTION Once the final wax carving is ready, a mold is taken of it and then exact wax replicas are made from the original carving. To cast, the wax replica is attached to a spru to create a wax tree and inserted in a flask seen above. 

PRODUCTION

Once the final wax carving is ready, a mold is taken of it and then exact wax replicas are made from the original carving. To cast, the wax replica is attached to a spru to create a wax tree and inserted in a flask seen above. 

WAX TREES Each "tree" is prepared for the flask; some trees have multiple pieces attached to them. 

WAX TREES

Each "tree" is prepared for the flask; some trees have multiple pieces attached to them. 

TREE IN FLASK A closeup of a loaded flask.

TREE IN FLASK

A closeup of a loaded flask.

 
POURING THE MOLD Once the tree is set in the flask, it is covered with a plaster-like mold-making material. Once the plaster sets, the wax is melted out through a hole in the bottom, leaving a void of the wax carving on the inside of the mold. 

POURING THE MOLD

Once the tree is set in the flask, it is covered with a plaster-like mold-making material. Once the plaster sets, the wax is melted out through a hole in the bottom, leaving a void of the wax carving on the inside of the mold. 

MELTING THE METAL The metals we are casting are melted down and prepared to be poured into the mold. 

MELTING THE METAL

The metals we are casting are melted down and prepared to be poured into the mold. 

POURING METAL The metal is poured from the crucible into the plaster-like mold to fill the void left out by the wax tree. 

POURING METAL

The metal is poured from the crucible into the plaster-like mold to fill the void left out by the wax tree. 

 
RED HOT The freshly poured mold is extremely hot. 

RED HOT

The freshly poured mold is extremely hot. 

POURED FLASK Once the metal has cooled and isn't glowing, it is considered finished.

POURED FLASK

Once the metal has cooled and isn't glowing, it is considered finished.

DISSOLVE THE MOLD The entire flask is dunked in water to dissolve the mold.

DISSOLVE THE MOLD

The entire flask is dunked in water to dissolve the mold.

 
FINALLY METAL Once the mold material is completely dissolved, you can see that you are left only with the metal that was poured!

FINALLY METAL

Once the mold material is completely dissolved, you can see that you are left only with the metal that was poured!

TIME TO CLEAN The mold material needs to be cleaned, so we send it through a series of tumblings to reveal the metal piece.

TIME TO CLEAN

The mold material needs to be cleaned, so we send it through a series of tumblings to reveal the metal piece.

TUMBLED PIECES Once the cast pieces are clean from tumbling, they are ready for buffing to refine any details lost. 

TUMBLED PIECES

Once the cast pieces are clean from tumbling, they are ready for buffing to refine any details lost. 

 
READY TO SHIP Once each piece has gone through a series of buffings and cleanings, it is considered finished. 

READY TO SHIP

Once each piece has gone through a series of buffings and cleanings, it is considered finished.