A quick walk through of how we take our pieces from concept to wearable jewelry.
Each piece is born in the mind, then transferred to paper.
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.
PAPER TO WAX
The final design is cut out and glued to the prepared block of wax.
Carving takes hours and days, sometimes weeks, depending on the design.
As the carving becomes more refined, different tools are used to ensure a smoth clean finish.
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.
Each "tree" is prepared for the flask; some trees have multiple pieces attached to them.
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.
MELTING THE METAL
The metals we are casting are melted down and prepared to be poured into the mold.
The metal is poured from the crucible into the plaster-like mold to fill the void left out by the wax tree.
The freshly poured mold is extremely hot.
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.
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.
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.