Just a quick glimpse into how we make our Post Earrings / Stud Earrings & Our Castings-on-Castings Pieces. This is a continuation of the Lost Wax Casting Method -- We thought we'd give you a glimpse of how we make our earrings & casting-on-casting items too!
Line 'em up on the soldering table & fire away!
For Small production jobs, like this recent order, we
use a butane torch
(our "Portable Dragon" as Michelle likes to call it at the
For the lost-wax-casting method (used for charms, pendants, components,
etc.), an acetylene-oxygen torch is used (produces a MUCH higher temperature
needed to smelt .999 Fine Silver & Copper.
To join, we use solder paste and/or soldering wire (.925).
Snip, Clip & File
After joining pieces or soldering on earring posts, each
item is hand-clipped & sanded.
Pickel (not Pickle!)
Items then go into a pickeling bath to remove any fire scale.
Patina / Antiquing
To bring out fine details, items are then placed in a
Patina / Antiquing solution before the tumbling action begins.
Step 5, Step 6, Step 7
Tumbling, Tumbling, Tumbling
This is our small tumbler used for smaller production
Each batch then goes through three (yes 3) tumbling stages in either
Stainless Steel Shot or Ceramic!
A total of 5 hours per batch!!
Viola! -- They're Finally Done (well, almost!)
After last tumble (which lasts 2-3 hours), the items are removed from
the shot & are laid out to dry.
Finally, Items are Hand-Sorted & Shipped off to You!