Does ggraphix stand for golden graphics? That's what I used to
call my old business. :) Anyway, here's a start of an answer for
1) Does anyone have any advice on the best way to make odd
shaped sterling bezels for really deep stones? There is no
bezel wire on the market that will fit some of these.
I'll need to know the actual shapes of the stones, I use
different techniques for ovals and cushions... etc.... However,
I make custom bezels almost daily, usually for largish genuine
colored stones (such are the dictates of jyotish jewelry), and
almost always non standard cuts... I just want to be specific in
my advice. I seem to only do nightmare jobs anymore...
2) Any words of wisdom on how to bid really complex jobs?
Should I add extra for mental anguish?
Yes, DON'T UNDERBID!!! :) write down the time you estimate for
each and every process you're going to use in the mfg. process,
then triple and quadruple check it to make sure you're left
nothing out. Then, if you can, DOUBLE it! Large jobs almost
ALWAYS take longer than estimated.
(I just bid out a job to make a braided 18 kt necklace set with
143 diamonds, and hanging as part of 15 braided strands of lapis
(tiny) beads. Three weeks later I am just finishing it. I
couldn't visualize at the beginning that I would have to design
an entirely new type of clasping system to attach the braided
bead strands to the centerpiece. The final product is
breath-taking, but that doesn't do me any good when I worked a
week for free...)
3) Does anybody want to make these for me?
I could do it, depending on the price you quote her. Due
Handmade 18K, 22K, and platinum gemstone fine jewelry.
Diamond setting, rubber/metal molds, casting, lapidary
Die and mold engraving, plastic patterns for casting.
Cad jewelry design, cad/cam milling scroll filigree...
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