Here at Hot Pink we use a couple of techniques to produce our rings. The Lost Wax Casting process and jewellery produced on a Lathe.
Lost Wax Casting is where a wax model of your design is set in a plaster investment which is then set in a kiln. Once the plaster is set the wax is burned out leaving the design negative for the metal to fill. This is then filled with molten metal which produces a raw casting of your design. The raw casting is then refined, polished and stone set to produce a beautiful and bespoke piece of jewellery. To read more about this please visit our previous blog on Lost Wax Casting.
The other process of producing rings is on a Lathe. A Lathe is a machine used to apply different design features to an object which spins around an axis of rotational symmetry. It is used in metal work, watch making, wood work, spinning and many other art forms.
Within jewellery a jeweller’s lathe is used. Metal is removed from the piece being worked on using tools which are fixed to a mount on the lathe which then move against the object to achieve the desired design features. It can also be used to apply surface finishes, grooves, threads, intricate details or to apply simple patterns to a wedding band for example. Here at Hot Pink we use the Lathe predominately on our wedding bands. This allows us the buy the blank wedding band to the desired profile and width and then add the bespoke features as requested by our client. Please see our Metal Finishes page for examples of works produced on a lathe.
Advantages of using a Lathe:
*Can be used 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
*More cost effective than the Lost Wax Casting method
Disadvantage of using a Lathe:
*Can only produce concentric patterns
*Wedding blank determines the bespoke element
Advantages of using the Lost Wax Casting method:
*Freedom of design
Disadvantages of Lost Wax Casting:
*More time consuming due to the different process it goes through to reach finished design