These were made by request. There were some examples in the case my wife carries to show and sell some of my jewelry. Not too practical to build the entire alphabet just on spec. Ha! It's nice to do custom work but it does mean it has to be finished in a reasonable time. Custom work goes to the head of the line. The "open" J's required some scale model testing to be certain just where the loop should go. I got it correct.
These rings are hand made custom desisgns. They are both lost wax casting first carved in wax. Slight irregularites are an identifying feature of truely hand made jewelry. However they seldome dominate the design.
The ring design on the left has been made several times. I wear one myself, but this one is new. Same size as the one on the right.
The ring on the right is a custom one off design (so far) made for a person who has a passion for brewing craft beer. He especially loves wheat beer and those are ears of wheat encircling the band. It's a design he specifically requested.
KautzCraft Studio specializes in custom carved lost wax designed rings. Look through the gallery photos and see as few examples of past designs.
Yellow Rose of Texas
This is a follow up project from a first attempt with glass enameling on sterling silver. (Pegasus) This is one of three rose hearts just made. All of them truned out just fine. Very slight differences between them as they are each made by hand.
I am really loving and rocking this glass enamel work. There will be a lot more of this done by KautzCraft Studio in the future. I hope you love it as much as I do!
This is a first example with Glass Enameling on silver. The process is called Champlevé and is very similar to perhaps the more familiar process calle Cloisonné. It is colored glass fused to metal. I don't have any problem after studying the procedure and procuring the proper materials and tools. KautzCraft Studio has since made a dozen more of this design.
This is the Mobil Gas Pegasus which as a display sign has been a feature of downtown Dallas, Texas for many years. It has recently been renovated. My (adult) daughter is a member of a Dallas in-line skating club and this is their mascot and club name. Look closely, this is why this Pegasus is wearing in-line skates.
This pendant is almost 1.5 inches wide. Glass enameling usually has to be done on fine silver as the copper in sterling causes oxides in the high temp glass fusing process. However, there is a way to prep sterling sliver that creates a thin barier of pure silver and lets me work with the more durable sterling aloy of silver.