I consider myself to be an artisan jeweler. I fabricate everthing in
high-karat gold and I’d say I have one foot in the fine jewelry
camp, the other in the fashion jewelry camp.
I recently received a rather large order from a high-end specialty
retailer. This will require a production run and I’ve have always
handmade everything from start to finish. I want this order but I’m a
one person shop and I’m not sure where to begin. Several of the
designs can easily be cast or die stamped to save time, but up until
now there was no need for that.
If anyone has ever been in a similar situation, I’d love to hear how
you did it. If any of you are doing small production runs (20-100 of
a design), can you tell me what your process is like? How do you
determine your turnaround times on such an order? How you run your
shop? Do you have assistant(s)?
I’d love to hear how everyone else does it and manages to make it