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Why Does Custom Jewelry Take So Long?

Why Does Custom Jewelry Take So Long?

So why does making a piece of custom jewelry take so long?

When a manufacturer creates a piece of jewelry for mass production, they go through a process of concept, design, create a sample, modify the sample if needed, create a mold, create a master model, then make multiple waxes from the mold. All of that is done before the first piece is created for a client. Then they can make a thousand from all that setup and work.

Below I’ve illustrated some of the parts to this process

For a custom piece, I start a discussion with a client to come up with a concept, we create a design, modify the design to make it possible to cast it. Create a wax model, Cast a piece. (Sometimes there needs to be a modification at this point) Sometimes a casting comes out with a flaw (not a big deal if you are casting 100 of them) when this happens, you make a new wax then cast again, then the typical finishing and setting. So, all the setup and design that goes into making a thousand pieces goes into making one piece just for you.

Jewelry Design Stage

Jewelry Design Stage

 

Custom Jewelry Prototype

Custom Jewelry Prototype

 

Custom Jewelry Waxes

Custom Jewelry Design Waxes

So why does making a piece of custom jewelry take so long?

When a manufacturer creates a piece of jewelry for mass production, they go through a process of concept, design, create a sample, modify the sample if needed, create a mold, create a master model, then make multiple waxes from the mold. All of that is done before the first piece is created for a client. Then they can make a thousand from all that setup and work.

Below I’ve illustrated some of the parts to this process

For a custom piece, I start a discussion with a client to come up with a concept, we create a design, modify the design to make it possible to cast it. Create a wax model, Cast a piece. (Sometimes there needs to be a modification at this point) Sometimes a casting comes out with a flaw (not a big deal if you are casting 100 of them) when this happens, you make a new wax then cast again, then the typical finishing and setting. So, all the setup and design that goes into making a thousand pieces goes into making one piece just for you.

Jewelry Design Stage

Jewelry Design Stage

 

Custom Jewelry Prototype

Custom Jewelry Prototype

 

Custom Jewelry Waxes

Custom Jewelry Design Waxes

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