Upon meeting this customer I quickly realized I was in for a very special project.
The following is the story behind this beautiful symbol as given by the customer.
“The symbol, is behind my whole self in a way. My mother read a book, ‘la nuit des temps’ by Barjavel (the ice people) in it the main character’s name is Elea, my name. The symbol means – what doesn’t exist, exists.”
“My mother and her wife were the first to get the symbols tattooed. To them, it meant the future, and the possibility of what they planned- my little brother.”
“On their wedding day my mother hand painted the symbol on a few rocks and made a couple of necklaces. One for me and my other brother.”
“For my wedding, I wanted to do the same. This is when I found Grand River Custom Jewellery. I was breath-taken by what you have given us; a legacy.”
“I too have that symbol tattooed now. Because in every thought, reality is possible.
Because what doesn’t exist, exists”.
This was truly such a rewarding job. It is projects like these that make me really love what I do!
First of all, this project started with a piece of very sentimental fashion jewellery.
The problem being; some of the nickel plating was wearing off as this is a’go-to’, piece that is worn frequently. Here’s a picture of the original with the brass colour showing through;
Sometimes fashion items can be re-plated but it will wear off again and re-plating can be quite costly! The best solution is to have the item made in silver. That way there’s no reason to re-plate because it’s already, well…silver.
Here’s how the custom cuff was created from some unwanted old silver jewellery;
First by melting the silver materials into an ingot (ingot is the term for a bar of metal) and then using a rolling mill to roll the ingot into fine wire. LOTS of wire.
The trickiest part of this project was figuring out the knot design and how best to start the assembly. As you can see it started with a loop and swoop.
Things were quite confusing for a while and craziness ensued! In the end, fine steel wire saved the day by holding everything in place for soldering.
After soldering, the ‘cuff’, shape was formed. It was then cleaned and polished to it’s natural silver colour.