Hello All, We make all kinds of molds for many jewelry Artists. If
the Artist wants us to do production work for them it makes sense to
library the mold. We keep molds in a dry cool storage area and are
able to retrieve them rapidly to put them into production. For a
repeat customer like this it is less expensive for them for us to
keep the mold, as long as the design is active and they desire our
services, than to spend for the shipping every time they want a
casting. We follow the customers wishes and return molds even if they
are repeat customers. Some folks just feel more comfortable that way.
For one time mold jobs it is easier for all to return the mold upon
completion of the work. We are now in the process of reorganizing
the mold storage area. We are contacting mold owners we haven’t heard
from in a while. This annual process gives us the room for the
growing number of molds in our care. When something goes wrong with
the injection mold after continuous use, we contact the customer, get
the model, remake the mold for free and return the old mold with the
model upon completion.
There is only one instance I can think of that warrants holding the
mold. If a RETAIL customer commissions a Jeweler to create a design
based on their ideas or wishes, it is the intellectual property of
the Artist. I have seen Designers offer two prices to a customer, one
price for the completed piece without the mold and another for the
completed piece with the mold. There can be quite a difference. In
this instance a possible solution is for the RETAIL customer to hold
half the mold and the Artist hold the other half. What do you think
of that Soloman?
The bottom line is: If the model is yours, the mold is yours. Go get
John, J.A.Henkel Co., Inc., Moldmaking Casting Finishing, Producing
solutions for jewelry Artists
P.S. I am looking for James Carter to return his molds. He seems to
have moved without giving us his new info. Any help at all would be
helpful. You can email me offline if you wish. Thanks.