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The Design Process!

Frequently I get asked how my pieces are made, so if you're curious, please read along :).
 
First thing I think about is what's missing from a collection. What was missing from my Nature's conservatory collection was a pair of fun, oversized wings.I had lots of delicate, etherial pieces of jewelry, but I wanted to add something with more showmanship.
 
After researching what large winged insects there are, I came across the Lunar Moth. Between the name of this moth, it's size and it's beautiful colors, I was in.
 
PHOTO OF LUNAR MOTH
After deciding on the right insect, I head on over to Adobe Illustrator and gradually begin to trace off the outlines of the moth, making artistic adjustments and   adding structural integrity as needed.
ILLUSTRATION OF LUNAR MOTH EARRING
Once I'm satisfied with the scale and line-work of a design I send the illustration to a place in Illinois that does my metal work.
PROTOTYPE OF LUNAR MOTH EARRING
If the prototypes come back well, then I'll leave them in the base metal, or plate them in 24K gold using my handle gold plating kit from Gold Plating Services. If you'd like to watch that technique, you can watch the video tutorial here.
Once the product has been finished than it's a matter of photographing it nicely and incorporating the new styles into my marketing materials and sales channels.

 

 FINISHED LUNAR MOTH EARRINGS