Have you ever wondered how jewelry is made from the scratch? How did the jeweler start with a raw product and finished making a ring which you are probably gifting your partner? Your jewelry can be created using many methods but the most common method is by the ‘lost wax’ casting method. This method was developed in ancient times and is still used to this day but modern tools have come into use unlike earlier. Let us see this method step by step like a layman.
1. Design Making:
Each piece of jewelry starts off with a concept- it is basically a rough design in the mind of a designer. The designer’s concept and drawings are used by the craftsmen to create the original piece.
After the drawing is complete with fine and minute detailing, it is passed on to the molding section. Highly experienced molders turn the sketch into a master mold which sets the base for the following steps. The master mold is a very complex level of crafting as the final outcome is totally dependent on the master mold.
This isn’t a simple process; in fact this process requires utmost skilled and experienced casters. The wax molds are placed in steel containers which are then occupied with investment powder and the containers are heated in a chamber up to 550 degree centigrade- this solidifies the powder and melts the wax leaving behind a perfect effect. Liquefied metal is then poured into the flasks, allowed to cool , then demolished to reveal the jewelry in the casting form.
Filing is a comparatively easy process, using the right tools and equipment is the only challenging thing involved in filing. Filing is done to remove excess metal, even out surfaces, smoothen them and form texture pieces.
Every part must be polished while the mount is being made. The entire mount is carefully made clean and polished to the highest degree of smoothness so that each and every part is attractively polished off. It gives your jewelry a final polish.
In this process the required decorative stones of correct sizes and weight are cut precisely and then they are assorted for final setting. This requires immense patience, concentration and skill.