Tree of Life, Manufacturing Process
These photographs show some of the various stages of manufacture, of a piece of Jewellery. A lot of work goes in to every piece.
Usually a Drawing or Sketch is produced.( but not always). This can be an accurate life size drawing with exact measurements and scale, or a quick sketch on a notebook ,or even sometimes on the back of a fag packet or beer mat. Depending on the customer and where you happen to be when the piece is thought of and discussed first.
With this Job, the leaves are articulated (moving) and have to have Autumn colours. The leaves therefore have to be recessed to hold the enamel. A master pattern is made, which a mould is made from, then wax leaves from that are produced, which are then used in the lost wax casting process, to make the rough castings in Sterling Silver.
When the gaps have been pierced, the Tree is finished using a Scalpel blade, then a setting burr in a pendant motor (hand held drill) to make the tree bark effect. The bird was carved separately then added to the branch using a wax gun, which is not as dangerous as it sounds, it is actually just a small soldering iron.