|Aluminum has potential as a jewelry medium. These pieces are resting on a sheet of textured aluminum stock.|
Today you and I are facing what seem to be ever increasing precious metals prices, increasing energy costs and higher food prices. Today I'd like to suggest some methods- techniques we may find ourselves doing as a result of these changing times. "it calls for change, so make a change."
I think PMC has an advantage when it comes to copper and brass clays. by combining a glass approach called miliflori or caining. it's not mokome but it's cool looking stuff.
The process of filigree uses surprisingly little metal. learn about a tool called a millgraining tool.
Casting is still an excellent method to produce multiples, But so are photo etching, and die cutting.
Electro-plating uses very little metal. Electro forming is a little different.
I highly recommend that any of you wanting to have a career in jewelry become gemologists. The value of most $10,000 pieces comes down to a mounting less than $1,000 and $9,000 for the center stone. The profit is made on the stone. Put your knowledge where the profit is!