from wax.

 Finished Dark November Ring and Earrings // April 2014 (solid sterling silver, gold, topaz)

Finished Dark November Ring and Earrings // April 2014 (solid sterling silver, gold, topaz)

This week I was asked to make a matching pair of earrings for the Dark November ring I released late last year. 

I thought I would share some of the process and give more of a story to my version of handmade.

 Most of my work starts in wax. These, and my wax pen, are the tools I rely on the most while I form the piece.

Most of my work starts in wax. These, and my wax pen, are the tools I rely on the most while I form the piece.

 For all my floral work I've developed organic bands that I size to fit.

For all my floral work I've developed organic bands that I size to fit.

 This forms the base to which I build up the ring.

This forms the base to which I build up the ring.

 Melting wax to create buds. Close-up shot by  Reuben Warburton .

Melting wax to create buds. Close-up shot by Reuben Warburton.

 This process takes time but creating rings in this way means each one is always unique.

This process takes time but creating rings in this way means each one is always unique.

 Finished wax ring ready to be cast into silver.

Finished wax ring ready to be cast into silver.

 Once cast I use a different set of tools. There are many, but these are some of the ones I use most often.

Once cast I use a different set of tools. There are many, but these are some of the ones I use most often.

 Creating a high finish on silver requires a number of polishing stages. It can take time, especially on complex rings like these, to get a perfect finish.

Creating a high finish on silver requires a number of polishing stages. It can take time, especially on complex rings like these, to get a perfect finish.

 Finally, Liver of Sulphur is used to oxidise and darken areas of the ring before one last round of polishing.

Finally, Liver of Sulphur is used to oxidise and darken areas of the ring before one last round of polishing.

 Finished rings.

Finished rings.


 Small organic silver pieces from an earlier casting are cut to fit a stone setting.

Small organic silver pieces from an earlier casting are cut to fit a stone setting.

 These pieces are carefully soldered individually together with a high temperature torch and Silver solder.

These pieces are carefully soldered individually together with a high temperature torch and Silver solder.

 Once joined each is polished through ever finer stages to reach a mirror finish.

Once joined each is polished through ever finer stages to reach a mirror finish.

 Highly polished with Gold detailing.

Highly polished with Gold detailing.

 Oxidised and ready to have the stones set.

Oxidised and ready to have the stones set.

 Completed earrings.

Completed earrings.

 Custom Dark November Earrings

Custom Dark November Earrings


Some of my other finished pieces from the last few days...

 recent works from symmetria and efflorescence collections

recent works from symmetria and efflorescence collections

 Double band set with two white Sapphires and Gold detailing

Double band set with two white Sapphires and Gold detailing

 small jaws ring with gold detailing

small jaws ring with gold detailing

 Large Tokyo Efflorescence Ring with Gold and Palladium

Large Tokyo Efflorescence Ring with Gold and Palladium