Before I execute a design in metal, it may have gone through a number of changes on paper. I sketch the shapes and proportions, decide on details such as a high polish or brushed and patinated finish, or whether or not I have to add surface texture to emphasize certain lines and forms. All of these elements have to be combined to come together into the final, exciting design.
Although most of my jewelry pieces are fabricated, other methods are sometimes necessary to implement a design. For example, some designs, such as rings, are first carved in wax and then cast through the “lost wax” casting system. Other pieces may be forged or I may use a bi-metal fusion process. Thus patterns can be created with help of two different metals, such as gold and silver.