The Process: Simone Paasche Explains Jewelry
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Obvious statement alert: making jewelry is hard and time consuming. The actual process of putting together jewelry tends to inform its place in the world as a luxury item. But it's also a craft worthy of being celebrated for its artistry. While combing through the Jewelry category on our site (it's a thing!) we came across Simone Paasche's excellent line, SPUR. We asked her to tell us about making it.
As a jewelry designer and object lover, I am terribly sentimental. I’ll often walk around for months with all sorts of collected odds and ends that I’m drawn to in my jacket pockets. I have that same reaction towards objects behind glass at archaeological and fine arts museums, and since I can’t take things home with me I record what interests me in my notebook and find a way to hold on to it. This impulse informs my jewelry. What better way to hold on to something than to wear it?
When I design I start on paper and then need to get to the physical form quickly, since so much consideration goes into how it relates to the body. I tend to use red sticky wax to initially sculpt pieces and I get it into a pliable state by rolling it out into thin strings before I start working.
Here you can see a piece built as a rough draft in red wax and than as a formal version in purple hard wax. Sometimes I transfer the piece into a CAD drawing on the computer if it involves repetitive repetitive stone settings.
Then it is time to head to midtown and work with my casters and stone setters! I discuss the piece with my stone setter and figure out if any variations must be made to ensure that the stones will sit the most securely.
Silicon molds are made with great care and the final pieces are cast, cleaned up and set. Check out a newly finished SPUR piece featured below!
For more jewelry from Simone Paasche, check out the SPUR project page.