How We Do It – Bloodline Design

HOW WE DO IT

When we say, we make Bloodline Design jewelry the old way we mean it. Not many brands can.

We do not use plating or chemical lacquer or coating on our jewelry. You will not find misleading terminology at Bloodline like “gold fill” or “bonded” or any other fancy slogans to mislead the consumer into believing they are investing in quality jewelry. Bloodline is the real deal. Solid precious metals meeting the highest government standards and only natural and ethically produced gemstones. Bloodline Design Jewelry is never in a cellophane wrapper on a container ship from a foreign land where labor is cheap. The only journey our jewelry takes is from us to you.

The process of making Bloodline Design Jewelry in our studios is virtually the same as it was hundreds of years ago. Generally, the first design step is from mind to paper in the form of a sketch. Malcolm is the first to confess he is not much of a sketcher, so at times he goes straight to wax carving. The wax is carved and turned into metal by the lost wax method. The lost wax casting was used as far back as 6,000 years ago and was predominant across all cultures by 3500 BC.

The general concept is the wax model is covered in a plaster. The plaster hardens, and the wax is melted out, leaving a hollow cavity the exact shape as the wax carving. Molten metal is poured into the plaster cavity. Once the metal cools, the plaster is broken away, and by this method, the original wax carving is converted to metal. Once in metal, the model is handworked with files, polished, and finished to perfection. Of course, there have been technological advances in casting machines and types of plaster, but the method is virtually the same as it was centuries ago.  

“A day in the studio”