Depending on the design, pieces are sometimes hand fabricated with metal sheets and wires. In other cases, wax models are carved to minimize the waste of precious metal. Then the wax is cast in a lost wax technique.
Custom Wedding Band
Fabricated Wedding Bands
Riveted Wedding Band
Wax Models & Casting
Wax models are carved into the desired shape. A sprue is attached to the wax. Investment is then cast around the wax. For several hours the investment-cylinder is fired in a kiln to burn out the wax model and create a negative form of the piece. Metal is molten into the hollow space. The piece then has to be filed and sanded to prepare for the final polish.
Most chains today are made by machines for it is too time consuming to make them by hand. Some artists however take special pride in fabricating their own chains. Design by Janja shares the love for creating chains and still fabricates the crochet and mesh bracelets/chains by hand.