Custom Jewelry Design
Custom jewelry may be the answer if....
...you've been looking around for a perfect necklace, bracelet, earrings, either for yourself or to give as a gift -- and you're still looking.
...you're digging Alison Wonderland style and sensibility, but not quite seeing what you're after.
I'm very happy to roll up my sleeves and design a totally unique custom piece of jewelry just for you -- or the very lucky one you're shopping for today. In fact, some of my favorite pieces have been custom orders.
The process of designing jewelry is super fun, and because there's a lot to it -- metals, gems, materials, oh my! -- I've designed a process to smoothly guide you from even the vaguest custom jewelry idea to a perfectly filled jewelry gift box.
So let's get started!
- If you have a pretty good idea of what you want, (or you're pressed for time), start here with Custom Jewelry Quick Start. This form takes as little as two minutes to fill out.
- If you're designing custom jewelry as a gift for someone else, start here to Design the Perfect Jewelry Gift.
- If you're designing custom jewelry for yourself -- and you really, really should -- start with Jewelry From The Inside Out.
Some more info that you might find useful as you're filling out the forms:
A lot of my jewelry involves words. I use several different methods of applying text to jewelry, but the basic two are hand stamping and etching. You can see examples in this photo:
For hand stamping, I use a few different sets of type, in different fonts. Each letter has its own stamp, which in a thin black metal rod. I use a hammer to press the letter into the metal. This is an appropriate technique for gold, silver, copper, brass, bronze. You can see the fonts I have available here. They're all pretty small -- the largest is 3 mm in height.
I have two sizes of a block print font, and one size italic font. (The very top example is upper case, and the second one from the bottom is lower case.) Block print is the most legible and compact, which makes it the most appropriate for longer words or phrases. The italic face is more "dreamy" and larger, and I only like to use it for shorter text.
Another option is etching. This is a chemical process, for which I "mask" the area for each letter, and submerge it in a fluid that eats away the metal that's unmasked. (It's the same type of salt that's used to make a printed circuit board -- there's none left on it by the time you get it!) As you can see, this yields a result looks like handwriting. It's more free form and flexible. I can use this to create larger letters than I'd be able to do with hand stamping. The etching process I use is only appropriate for brass, bronze and copper.
If you're designing a necklace, another choice you'll need to make is what sort of material you'd like for the chain. Most people are familiar with metal chains, but another option is cording, which can be made of leather, nylon, satin. Another classic option is silk thread, particularly for pearls which are knotted onto the thread. When you're deciding between metal chain or cording, one isn't inherently better than another. Metal chain can be slightly more durable; but nylon and leather are also pretty durable unless you're planning to walk through fire. I can guide you through this decisions depending on the other elements of your design.