November 15 2017
I'm pretty darn excited to announce the imminent release of my first one-of-a-kind jewelry collection, which also happens to be perfect for the holiday season.
If you haven't seen me talk about it on Instagram, I'll give you some background on this new direction of mine. After a break from jewelry design, I made the decision to come back with a focus on making one-of-a-kind and limited edition pieces. Personally, it feels more befitting to why I find jewelry so fascinating in the first place – it's a highly personal object with the power to evoke memories and provide a sense of individuality.
This first collection has been a huge learning experience, and the launch is somewhat bittersweet. During the casting process, about half of my original wax pieces were damaged and therefore unusable. Of the wax pieces pictured above, only ONE actually came out.
See, typically wax carvings are first molded and then the molds are used to reproduce multiple castings in metal. However, in the case of one-of-a-kind pieces, it doesn't make sense to mold a wax for only one use (or so I thought). Instead, I used the original waxes to go straight into the casting process, which is pretty volatile. Once they're damaged, they're gone forever, and days of work on my end are wasted. Sad face.
So this first release will be much smaller than anticipated. For instance, the wax you see in the above right image didn't come out and therefore won't be available. I don't want to bring the party down, but I think this is an important example of why there aren't more one-of-a-kind anythings in the marketplace. It's time-consuming, expensive, and a big commitment on the part of the maker or business.
For this first collection, I created 16 wax carvings, each taking at least 3 hours to complete (and that's being conservative). Seven were ruined during casting, so that's roughly 21 hours of my time, all for naught.
But you live and learn. Even after the partial failure of this first collection, I'm so happy with how the few pieces I have did come out, that I'm inspired to forge on and "make it work". (Tim Gunn, anyone?)
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