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Documentation of design and fabrication

Up until now, I have been haphazardly documenting each piece of
jewelry that I design and fabricate. At a later date, I regret not
having that would help me on a new piece that I’m making.
This would include dimensions, metal gauges, techniques, alloys, etc.
I’m curious what others doin this regard. Journal format, diagrams,
photographs, fill-in-the-blank forms, etc. Your suggestions will help
me figure out how to become more systematic and organized in this

Thank you.

I think I have an answer for you. The ring that I used for my
latests DVD

could not be done on a fly. The blueprints are an integral part of
fabrication process. The DVD shows what is indicated on blueprints,
which details are documented, there is a working drawing derived for
the part 2, and etc. I think it will be of great benefit to you and
others searching for answers to questions about documentation.

An additional benefit of having this DVD is that not only you will
learn about documentation, but how documentation is used in
fabrication process. How decisions that we make on paper, affects
what we do in metal. There is a saying that one picture worth a
thousand words. DVD was shot with 30 pictures ( frames ) per second.
DVD is 2.5 hours long. That is a lot of words, a lot of words

No need to say anything else here.

Leonid Surpin

Hello Jamie,

I regret not having that would help me on a new piece
that I'm making. This would include dimensions, metal gauges,
techniques, alloys, etc. I'm curious what others doing this regard. 

I had an identical problem with a series of rings I have been making
for several years. Each was photographed for a web portfolio

but not enough after some time had passed. I have gone to
recording all the I need to more-or-less reproduce each
one. This data which I have been collecting on new creations since
last Autumn will appear as two lines of code on the webpage. First
line: Date, width, ring size, wire gauge of frame,finished weight in
grams. Second line: Stone including species, carat,
dimensions, vendor.

This is most helpful making new sales based on previous
designs. I also have a worksheet for each piece that is a customer
commission that has spaces for all the relevant about
specs. This is kept on file and for now this is where the information
above is recorded after the ring is finished.

About half the sales for these rings are from the internet, so I am
usually trying to either reproduce something I have made before or
very frequently a variation on it. A lot of the I can
easily get just from looking at the photos, but recording the mundane
details about the size of things that I need to know, for
communicating with the customer and to make another are the benefits
of keeping these records.

Stephen Walker

I’ve always kept a 3 ring binder and when I designed a piece, kept a
copy of the design including the measurements, and finally a
photograph of the finished piece. This was a habit I started early
on and on occasion have been very happy I did. I had a customer who
had lost one of a pair of earrings, so I was able to reconstruct a
matching one with no problem at all. It can be annoying initially to
feel you have to record all this pertinent but it soon
becomes a habit. You can devise whatever system you want. I just
found that having the measurements, especially when doming was
involved, saved me so much time later on.

I document metal guages, patterns, processes, stones sizes etc in a
bound journal I keep lying on my bench. I also keep a casting
journal, flask temp, alloy, and a description of the piece and any
changes I might need to make next time around. After doing this work
for so many decades it just is impossible to keep it all in your
head. I also keep bound sketch books which I never throw away. Good
ideas, bad ideas, if it is in the book it stays in the book. Just
last week I noticed a old (I mean really old) sketch book lying open
to a really bad sketch and BAM! I realized the potential to use a
stone I have been wondering what to do with. Bad sketch, good idea
just needed some time to age and the right stone to come along…
can’t wait to see where it ends up! Hey maybe that is part of the
reason I keep on doing this.

Frank Goss

I take photographs of work in progress and then a final image. Many
times i will place the text within the image regarding size,
materials, etc.

I also keep sketch books, and lots of tracing paper for modification
or duplication of work.

Sharrey Dore