It all starts with the metals, their stories, their origin. After being extracted from the circuit boards and purified they make their way to our studio ready to be transformed into the next stage of their life cycle.
With the ingot prepared the manufacturing process now depends on the demands of a particular design. Our immersion in jewellery has encouraged us to see the world differently, small details we didn't notice before are suddenly our biggest sources of inspiration. We derive many of our forms from tiny details in the natural world.
Each studio day is different but will almost always involve the slow meditative work of carefully piercing out shapes with a jeweller’s saw. This fine blade is less than a third of a millimetre thick. As the saw does its work the silver and gold dust is caught in leather pouches under the workbenches; this will be melted again to create the next piece. After further annealing the metal can be shaped and formed around a variety of steel tools, depending on the design.
Another common task is making silver or gold wire by pulling a narrow ingot through a drawplate with holes of gradually decreasing size. Slowly, a fraction of a millimetre at a time, the correct gauge is created.
The final step is always hallmarking the piece. In this case a small 375 stamp to denote 9K gold (37.5 percent gold, 62.5 percent alloy).
Jewellery uses all four of the natural elements in its production. The metals themselves are part of the structure of the earth, air and fire melt and anneal and water quenches. There is something primordial in working so closely with the elements, something grounding.