The Manufacturing Of Sterling Silver Handmade Jewelry

By Frances Baker


A handmade jewelry is a type of jewelry which is being assembled and is formed with using the hands rather than using the typical machines used for production. This type is made from many kinds of materials and the production is being applied with many different kinds of techniques. One of the most common types of materials which is being used in the production is the sterling silver.

A sterling silvers are alloys of silvers containing 92.5 percent weight of a silver and also 7.5 percent weight of other metals such as copper. As a standard, 925 is the minimum amount of its millesimal fineness. Other metal types may be used as a replacement of a copper. Replacing the copper and using other metals can help on the improvement of some sterling silver handmade jewelry properties such as the elimination of fire scale, the reduction of casting porosity, and the increase of resistance to a tarnish.

All of natural components are going to undergo several types of processes. Also, since these are to be made unique, it will really need a lot of skills and time. The following are the description and brief discussion on the processes of manufacturing chain.

First is to buy the stones and silver. To buy the right set is considered very important. It is one expensive type of investment, so it must be considered properly before purchasing. Types of these are bought in different sizes and weight, so to know about these is very important as well before purchasing. Also, make sure that you are gaining the availability of best materials.

Second is designing a jewelry. It is important that each thing is to be started and made first by a concept. Most designers consider a concept as a rough design in their minds. Concepts and ideas that are made will be utilized by a model maker as a reference when he or she starts to create the original piece. The creation of design may be passionate but difficult as well.

Third, molding the product. If ever the masterpiece is done already, it will now be used for making high technology mold where in it will also be utilized for making a wax reproduction of a jewelry. After sketching all the final details, it will be passed onto a molding section. In this section, a professional molder will turn the sketches into a mold. This can be considered as the complex level in the process.

Fourth, casting the product. The metallic piece may be unique. An example for this is a customized engagement ring which will be used for rubber molds and this may be produced by a low wax casting. The shape is shaped initially using wax or may be made of metal having a scale of 1.05 for slightly reducing the dimensions of metal piece.

Fifth is to set up stones. This process involves two attachment techniques for the gems and stones. First, using the claw setting or prong setting. The purpose of prongs is to secure the stones through folding it over the girdles. Second, using bezel setting. To secure the stones, bezels will surround stones and are folded over the perimeters.

Sixth, polishing and checking the quality. Two types of polishing are mechanical and chemical polishing. In the mechanical type, a felt or a cotton disc which is dipped in an abrasive compound is used for polishing the surface. While the chemical type is not often utilized for alloys since it is risky for jewelry making. After, all the pieces are checked for any defects by the experienced workers for quality checking.




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