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How to custom make your ring

by fanssteel

The first and foremost thing to do is to get a concept for your ring. These are questions you need to ask yourself.

   

·         How would you want it to look like?

·         Your choice of metal is an integral part of the design. Gold, platinum, silver, and recycled metals are the most commonly used due to their intrinsic durability. Research the current worth of the metal before making your final decision, as cost can vary quite frequently.

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·         What kind of feel are you going for (e.g. vintage, modern,simple)?

·         From minimalistic and traditional, to ornate and romantic, there are an array of details that can be combined to create the perfect ring for your partner. From the width of the band, to the height of the setting, it’s important that the ring fits your style. When purchasing a custom ring, you have the ability to incorporate your partner’s taste into every element.

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·         What kind of personality or lifestyle does the recipient has (e.g. tendency for rough work would require proper settings)?

·         The setting for the center diamond and sidestones greatly determine the look and stability of the ring. A solitaire will emote a clean, classic feel, while additional stones and detailing will give the ring a more intricate appearance.

·         One of the most important aspects of the ring is the fit. Be sure to ask if the ring you are considering can be resized, as some designs cannot be altered once they are finished. Here are some suggestions to help you find the perfect size

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·         What is your budget?

·         The first step in selecting a ring is to decide on a price point. There are no rules when it comes to how much you should be spending. If there’s concern about meeting design elements within your budget, a qualified Maker will be able to offer alternatives to fit your requirements. Research your options and don’t be afraid to ask questions.

 

Once you have a fair idea of what you want, it would be great if you could sketch out the design on a piece of paper. Once you complete that, snap a photograph of it and send it to us. We will contact you to ask you to provide more information and an estimated quote for your ring.

 

After you confirm the quotation and production lead time, We will make your design with CAD and will print your CAD wax, Some the wax are made by hand.

Then the wax will be casted as the mother mould. Repaired the mould and make into a rubber mould, we will create the mould of the size you want.

The last step is to cast your ring and polish them and plate, enamel, setting, etc. 

When selecting a maker, it is important to research the portfolios on our site, and to ask questions regarding price, process, and timing. You want to work with someone who is clear, responsive, and displays a deep understanding of your vision. In need of inspiration? Take a look at some of the most unique masonic rings from Custom Made.

 





Jewelry care

by fanssteel

Stainless steel jewelry can be cleaned with a steam cleaner or hot water and soap to remove dirt embedded in diamond bezels or between links. Ultrasonic cleaners may be used on stainless steel jewelry without gemstones.





How to custom make the pendant

by fanssteel

custom pendant is a one-of-a-kind piece that let you express your personality. A signature necklace helps show off your uniqueness and ensures that no one you know has a similar piece in his or her jewelry box. A custom pendant also makes a wonderful personalized gift for someone you love. Before you start looking for a custom pendant , keep a few things in mind, including price, the size of the piece, the desired materials, and style.

Budget

custom pendant range quite a bit in price. They can start at as little as $1 and cost over $3,000. Materials often dictate the cost of a pendant. Metals such as gold and platinum cost more than silver and copper, for example, and gems such as diamonds and rubies cost more than opal or topaz stones. Purity also plays a role in price. High carat gold costs more than lower carats, and clear gems are pricier than those with imperfections. Size can also affect price, as larger pendants use more materials than smaller ones. Finally, intricate pieces take more time to craft than simple ones, so those are usually more expensive. Before you buy, work out a budget to help you find ideas that fit within your price range.

 

Size

Pendants generally hang from chains, so that limits their size to a certain extent. Still, size can range from very small and delicate to larger than a key ring. If you want to buy a pendant that comes with a chain, you should also consider the chain's length. Chain measurements are described in inches, so measure around the neck or an existing chain to find the right size for yours, depending on how low you would like the pendant to hang. Many people opt for their pendants to rest at collarbone level or just above the breast.

Materials

Most custom pendants use metals as their main materials. However, many incorporate other materials such as stones, shells, and wood into their design.

METALS

Metal is a common material for pendants. It is sturdy, attractive, and durable. High quality metals such as gold, platinum, and sterling silver are common in finer pieces. Copper, bronze, and gold or silver plated metals are also popular choices.

STONES

Many pendants have stone settings. High-end options include gemstones such as rubies, sapphires, diamonds, and emeralds. Other quality stones include opals, topaz, and aquamarines. Some pieces include stones such as quartz, turquoise, jade, or other polished rocks.

OTHER MATERIALS

Makers sometimes incorporate other materials into their pendant designs. Options include:

·         Shells

·         Wood

·         Bone

·         Glass

·         Plastic

Style

Historic style periods are common ways to describe jewelry. Although most custom pendants are new creations, historic design periods can serve as helpful guidelines for describing style.

ANTIQUE STYLES

Antique styles include the Victorian and Romantic periods. Pieces in these styles tend to be elaborate, intricate, and dramatic.

VINTAGE STYLES

The vintage styles of the turn of the century include Art Nouveau and Belle Epoch designs. These pieces are often simultaneously intricate and elegant and draw inspiration from nature. Vintage styles of the 1920s and 1930s are usually termed "Art Deco." Art Deco-inspired pieces favor bold designs, geometric patterns, and vertical lines.

RETRO STYLES

In the jewelry world, "retro" usually refers to jewelry from the 1940s and 1950s. These pieces have an "old Hollywood" flair to them, with bright colors and sparkly settings. Many people also use "retro" to describe 1960s and 1970s-inspired designs. These pieces tend to be chunky, geometric, and colorful.

MODERN STYLES

"Modern" or "contemporary" designs usually do not incorporate any recognizable design element from the past. These pendants are often sleek and sophisticated. Some designs borrow from several periods at once.





How to custom make the bracelet

by fanssteel

Bracelets are a wonderful way to express your personality and individual style. Retail stores often carry bracelets, but they are unlikely to offer exactly the bracelet you want. Often, the craftsmanship is less than exacting, leading to broken links and loose elements. Made with skill and care, custom bracelet can incorporate every kind of design and material, from wire and beads to precious metals and gemstones. Keep a few basic tips in mind to help you commission one or several custom bracelet that will look great and last for years.

 

 

Budget

custom bracelet can cost anywhere from $10 to over $10,000, depending on the intricacy of the design and the materials. Precious metals such as gold and rare silver-white metals such as platinum, rhodium, and palladium add expense to the budget. Precious gems such as diamonds, deep green emeralds, pearls, and opals add beauty and cost to a piece. Not every bracelet falls into the fine jewelry category, leaving many affordable options open for bracelets made with new and upcycled leather, beads, glass, and lustrous sterling silver. Designers can help you dovetail the design you want with materials to satisfy your budget.

Size

A bracelet should be large enough around to fit over the wide part of the hand, but small enough to stay put securely. In general, if you have a very small or large frame, a bracelet's width should be in proper proportion. However, a slender gold chain looks good on any wrist, and small women can carry off a chunky bracelet if the rest of her outfit is simple. Dark materials add the illusion of size and weight, and light-colored materials have the opposite effect. Measure your wrist at the wrist bone and your hand at the widest part. Keep in mind that heat can cause your wrists to swell slightly, which should be accommodated when sizing your custom bracelet.

Styles

Bracelet styles range from simple and elegant to rustic, funky, or ultramodern. The basic bracelet forms can be transformed reflect any style.

BRACELET TYPE

DESCRIPTION

Bangle

Rigid circular bracelet; can be worn solo or combined

Charm

One or more dangling charms on chain or cord

Cuff

A wide bangle with a narrow opening to place on wrist

Identification

Bangle or chain integrating flat element to engrave words or symbols

Link

Flexible bracelet in numerous designs; usually made of metal with optional stones and other adornments

Tennis

Flexible bracelet of in-line diamonds or other gems

Wrap

Flexible bracelet of leather or other material, tied around wrist

When creating a custom bracelet, you can combine elements of several bracelet types. For an eclectic look, a wide chain can be closed with a silk or leather cord, and then finished with a thin metal plate to inscribe an inspirational phrase. Another creative look combines upcycled elements such as polished bicycle chains, coins, or even repurposed jewelry such as earrings or rings.

 

Materials

Custom bracelets can be made of a multitude of materials. Precious metals are used frequently, especially lustrous yellow and white gold, sterling silver, and valuable silver-white platinum. Also in the platinum family are palladium and the rare and expensive rhodium. Other metals such as copper, stainless steel, and silvery-white titanium are good choices for bracelets. Metal can be formed into fine to thick chains, hammered metal, large links, flat pieces linked together, and bangles. Leather and suede are naturals for use in wrap bracelets.

CHARMS

Chains are a versatile foundation for charms made of metal, glass beads, beach glass, blown glass, enamel, and wood. Charms can be made of upcycled items such as manual typewriter keys, bottle caps, keys, and stones.






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