How we Made It? Series 1: Spaghetti Con Olio di Oliva
I’ll be honest, one of the things I need to get better at is taking before and after photos. In fact… I need to get better at just taking photos in general! It’s never something that is at the forefront of my mind, I’m usually head down, focusing on making quality jewellery for my customers; but since I am writing a blog now, in an attempt to show a bit more of the behind the scenes of what it is I do, I’ll be making an effort to become a little more snap happy!
Following on from last week’s post about the design process, this week I will be sharing a bit about how I created the first sample…
The first thing that needs to be done in creating a sample is clean the casts; when jewellery comes out of casting it’s usually very dusty looking, rough, and not very shiny. With the right tools, cleaning the jewellery takes no time; sometimes all you need is a brass brush to clean up the casts. Luckily, we had made such a good CAD design that there wasn’t that much cleaning up that needed to be done.
The design ended up being three parts, the top two bars of Spaghetti (which, at 25mm long and 4mm wide, is the part that goes through the ear), the removable bar (with 10 mini jump rings on the bottom for the Olive Oil (chains) and one little half-moon jump ring on the top to which a necklace can be added) as well as a hinge, which closes the opening the Olive Oil (bottom bar) comes out of.
The most challenging and time-consuming part of assembling these earrings are adding the chains to the jump rings. Firstly, they are tiny and secondly there are so many! I spent weeks selecting the perfect chain, eventually settling on a slightly angular, very flat chain that I think has a really nice shine/glisten to it and so represents Olive Oil well.
Once the chains were added, the hinge was assembled. This involves adding a tiny piece of wire through the hole of the hinge and the hole at the top of the bar. This is such a finicky process that I very nearly lost my patience were it not for the need to see what the finished product would look like.
The final thing to do is to polish the entire piece – make it SHINY! For me this is the most exciting part of the process, it’s like discovering treasure from the dullness of the gold to the bright shininess of the end piece. It feels like you’ve reached the summit!
After maybe 6 hours, the first sample was done to birth what eventually became the Spaghetti Con Olio di Oliva earrings.
Watch the video below to see how the mechanism works.
Next week, I’ll be showing you how to wear it... stay tuned.