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We specialize in creating custom handcrafted jewelry to meet your individual desire.
A custom made item involves intensive time commitment, both in design and manufacture. The results speak for themselves. Imagine owning a high quality, finely crafted design made just for you – a composite of your desires and your ideas, along with our advice, design abilities and technical execution.
Custom design is not for everyone, but for those that can afford it, there is nothing like the experience of having your engagement or wedding or commitment rings personalized and uniquely designed just for you… or any other piece of jewelry that is meaningful and marks a special event or feeling that you want to capture and appreciate for many years to come.
Re-designing your jewelry can be a great experience. Why not take those older, perhaps out of date designs, and re-make them into something new and current; a new look that fits your style today.
Digital data-fed machines that rapidly ‘grow’ physical replicas of virtual models microscopic layer by layer. Beyond the purposes of prototyping product innovations and scale models, 3D printing technology is enabling the quick and efficient production of designs-on-demand; creating totally custom, ‘just-one-of,’ personal creations.
We’re not just talking about configuring something out of predefined parts and assemblies to somewhat reflect a personal style, as is presently done with cars and sneakers – we mean things that are made one time only, for really just one person only, and done so at a reasonable cost and convenience.
Jewelry is an especially personal object, and as such, this kind of product customization continues to thrive in the industry. Fine jewelry can be completely customizable at a reasonable cost. Technology has been integrated and leveraged greatly within our personal store as well as this business.
How rings are made: Traditionally, blocks of wax were carved by hand into ring shapes and encased in plaster that was exposed to heat, where the wax was melted out to reveal hollow spaces with matched complexity. Those spaces were filled with hot metal to cool, and then finally a ring in precious metal would be revealed. Lost wax casting is ancient art used in very much the same way today.
Redefining the way things were made, especially jewelry, 3D computer aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM) technologies allowed for fast transfer of digital data detailing any given X,Y,and Z axis of a 3D model to a milling machine, which essentially removed excess material from a block of wax to reveal a shape in the same fashion an old-world craftsmen would have – only with significantly more precision and efficiency.
Still, contemporary CAD/CAM set-ups can only get so detailed in their carving of materials like hardened wax, and only so minute. Rather than removing material, this new wave of growing models layer by layer in a 3D printing environment achieves a crispness of detail and complexity that an artist may otherwise only be able to accomplish in a virtual environment – and let alone offer for a reasonable price.
Assuredly, at Toodie's we take on projects that call for all types of wax model creation – from the old time-tested hand carving method to the efficiency of CAD/CAM technologies. We do it all. But 3D produces unprecedented precision, making some ideas that could have only existed in the mind, just as beautiful on the hand.