How We Create the Silver Beads
It Starts with an Idea...
Designing silver jewellery beads
Some designers prefer to design on paper, others are fonder of modern techniques, like using 3D programmes.
After any design has been envisioned, all silver beads are crafted by the 3,000-year-old technique ‘cire perdu’ or ‘lost wax’. This method allows for fine details to be reproduced from wax to precious metals.
Here showing the Chrysanthemum of November bead.
Working with wax
After the design has been envisioned, all silver beads are crafted by the 3,000-year-old technique ‘cire perdue’ or ‘lost wax’.
This method allows for fine details to be reproduced from wax to precious metals, where the design is first sculptured in red wax.
From wax to plaster then silver
After the design has been sculpted in the red wax, a plaster model of the sculpture is made. Silver granules are then heated in a small bowl, melted and poured into the plaster cast, filling out the model.
When the silver has solidified, the plaster is submerged in water, resulting in the plaster to disintegrate and the silver figure can be removed.
At this point, the figure is completely black. It is then dipped in an acid bath and turns white. When the silver bead has cooled off, it is rinsed, renovated, polished.
Trollbeads use oxidization for our silver beads to create contrast effects and to give them character. Any piece of jewellery will oxidize if it lies in a box for years. Our process of oxidization is just like the natural tarnish process that air has on silver, but we accelerate the process. Oxidization adds new design possibilities and enables the designers to give the beads a unique look and a lot of depth.
The silver beads are dipped in an oxidizing solution, which turns the bead black without damaging the surface. The black deposit is then polished off in a tumbler except in the folds and corners where the polisher cannot reach. The surface of the bead is left shiny with dark corners, giving the beads character and the signature Trollbeads look...
Voilá: The Chrysanthemum of November bead is born!