Magic in the Process I’ve been casting precious metals for over 40 years and have a deep understanding of how it works on levels mechanical, chemical, and metallurgical. Metal density and flow temperatures, spruing and gating, I have even researched my own way to mix investment for optimal results with a variety of materials. And still, on a gut level, it remains something akin to magic. Transformational…literally. Earth, Fire, Water, Air…All present and necessary .
I’m a screamer. Well, maybe yeller is more accurate. But I have passion about every project that I do and sometimes it comes out in the process! This past weekend, we (mostly I but with critical intermittent help) installed the last major component in a bathroom remodel that has taken about three months of Sundays to complete, maybe more. Not that all that time was spent working. I think it took most of a month after .
Investment in Self During the morning break at the Santa Fe Symposium (SFS) yesterday, I made an investment in myself. I went out by the pool, took my shirt off and sat in the sun for a full half-hour. Hard to give up the networking, every moment here is an opportunity to meet a new, or reunite with an old friend. And SFS is populated by many of the most important people in the jewelry industry. .
Superstition? Nope, not me! Great. If I were superstitious, I might be worried. Maybe I am a little. Of course I am, really. Gary speaks very soon…presenting my latest research paper at the Santa Fe Symposium on Jewelry Manufacturing Technology on the day targeted in the chart below, May 21st, next Sunday. Looks like the cards are stacked against me. Wait, I’ll be at a spiritual high on that day…Yay! Wait, I’m speaking to .
In 2 weeks from today I leave for St. Louis, the first leg in my journey to present my latest paper for the Santa Fe Symposium on Jewelry Manufacturing Technology (SFS). I’m leaving a couple days early to visit with my sister and family who happen to live in St. Louis and then will rendezvous with the rest of the speakers slated to present at the SFS. The 3-day junket prior to symposium is designed .
I didn’t know it at the time but Custom Confidential was born on a hot summer day, long ago… Maybe I was a little drunk. I had been fabricating silver jewelry for a few years and decided to try my hand at fabrication in 14K gold. Saving up, I finally had enough money to buy 6 inches of gold wire. Using my best garnet, and putting extra effort into making it perfect, I made .
Ask any jeweler what their “least” favorite thing to do is and I bet most will say, “jewelry repair and restoration.” I sort of agree… Thankfully, I rarely need to repair or restore my own stuff. I believe strongly in both design and structural integrity for the things I make. But my clients often have pieces from other sources, some that are very meaningful for them. And honestly, even some things I didn’t .
“Fresh Jewelry!,” he yells to the street like a vegetable hawker in a residential Bangkok suburb as he turns the new ring with a cushion cut purple sapphire and diamond accents. Custom Jewelry a specialty, we welcome new clients! This Trellis style ring was designed in Rhinoceros3D, printed and cast in 14K yellow gold. Get with us to start your Custom Jewelry Design project today!
Working on Custom Jewelry Design using big, important gemstones and setting them in high-end precious metals is a thrill. I love the challenge of making the most of this type if material and a well-executed finished project of this type certainly makes a great addition to any portfolio. I also love any project to which my client can bring meaning, no matter the intrinsic value of the materials. I was recently working on just such .
For me, specializing as a custom jewelry designer has presented an interesting challenge with regard to finding a voice. As a custom jewelry designer, my style has always been necessarily eclectic. One client wants something floral and busy, while another wants something clean, simple, and bold. Yet another wants a ‘futuristic’ design, which is in contrast to the client who prefers something that looks antique or timeless. Finding a voice within the cacophony of .
I find inspiration for Custom Design everywhere. Recently, while visiting Cuenca, Ecuador I became somewhat fascinated with the textures I began noticing. Cobblestone streets, mud walls, lines in plaster and floral patterns. It makes sense that I’m noticing these things since I’m continuing to perfect the creation of textures in my CAD designs. CAD, and Rhino in particular are known to be a little challenging when it comes to the creation of organic forms and textures. .
Around the corner from my new office there is a wine merchant, Authentica Wines, with a sign on the door that says, “Come on in, it’s only wine!” I smile as I walk by, knowing what he’s getting at. Like wine, custom design can seem intimidating. Like the merchant, I know how easy and enjoyable the process can be! How does custom design happen at Gary Dawson Jewelry Design? Well, there’s no set rule, .