Experience meets craftsmanship
Being called an artisan makes me happy. It’s a name that brings to mind the old days and a blend of experience, professionalism and craftsmanship that goes into producing quality, often paired with art.
The process of making a piece of handmade jewelry is long and quite complex, and it has remained almost unchanged over time. It requires knowledge and experience, but also patience and self-control – especially when something goes wrong and you know you have to start all over again….
Many of my jewelry pieces have either stones or pearls on them. My personal taste, style, and experience certainly play a role in the selection of stones and pearls, but of course the final choice comes from discussions with the client. Here are some of the stones and pearls I usually use in my jewelry.
Here is a brief description of how your expectations become your next jewel:
PHASE 1. PROJECT
After discussing the project with the client, I create some drawings that depict the final result and are the basis for my work. Nowadays I could do this with 3D software, but I still prefer pencil and paper.
PHASE 2. MATERIALS
Now it’s time to choose the materials, based on the project and the client’s choice.
PHASE 3. WAX MODELING
Once the project and materials are approved by the client, I make for example a wax model that I will use to prepare the plaster mold.
PHASE 4. CASTING
Melting and pouring is a particularly important and delicate step that requires experience, speed and concentration. Opening the mold and seeing that everything went well is still an exciting feeling.
PHASE 5. FABRICATION
I then work on the jewelry using a variety of techniques including welding, soldering, hammering, stone mounting and more, depending on the project.
PHASE 6. FINISHING
Finally, I finish the surfaces according to the project and polish the piece of jewelry. Now it is ready for you.