Rebecca Schiffman Jewelry - The Upper East Side Collection
I have begun designing and producing a new collection of jewelry inspired by architectural motifs found on New York's Upper East Side.
As a lifelong Upper East Sider, I have walked by the same buildings over and over again for 29 years but only recently started seeing with a greater level of detail. The first time I notice a particular carving which I have probably passed thousands of times it is like a revelation. Many designs have stuck in my mind and I envision these motifs translated boldly and elegantly into ornaments for the body.
This collection will feature jewelry pieces based on at least 20 different motifs which will be employed in whatever way best suits that design. I have already completed several pieces by the following method:
I sketch out the design based on detailed photographs I take around the neighborhood. I then carve the model for each piece out of wax. I bring these wax models to Taba Casting, an environmentally friendly caster in New York who uses only recycled metals. Using the Lost Wax casting process they create silver versions of each model. I then touch up and finish the models before having Taba create a silicon mold from which I can create multiples of the same piece.
Two years ago I completed a course in wax modeling, casting and mold making at Studio Jewelers. For the last year I have been studying with the master model maker Fred de Vos, without whose guidance this project would not be possible.
I am seeking to raise $5,000 to hit the ground running with this first collection and turn it into a profitable business.
Money will be used to do the following:
- cast new wax models in silver
- create silicon molds from models
- buy tools necessary to improve precision and speed up process of creating model
- buy necessary materials like wax and silver
- hire jewelry photographer to photograph each prototype
- finish new website with online store showcasing all of the pieces
Please take a look at the Backer Rewards.
Also, please visit my new website:
Photos of Jewelry Rewards
Tulip Necklace coming soon!
Flower Shield Earrings
Racing Hare Pendant (image of bronze coming soon, this is silver)
Flower Shield Pendant
Flower #19 Pendant
Picture coming soon. Please see Flower #19 Cufflinks and Flower #19 pendant with diamond to get an idea of what it looks like.
Flower #19 Diamond Pendant
Flower #19 Cufflinks
Flower #19 Diamond Cufflinks
No pic...please see Flower #19 Diamond Pendant and Flower #19 Cufflinks to get an idea of what they would look like.
Racing Hare Sterling Silver Convertible Brooch/Pendant
Hinged Planter Cuff
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