I left off last time from my previous blog post with my model prototypes and testing the material for my neck piece. A few weeks later and I am so close to having it all made!
I sent off my final box to Digits2Widgets and it came back as a complete success with my neckpiece parts, display stands and flowers inside. I had to send off two boxes so that I had space to print all of those parts and 30 flowers as well.
The next thing that I had to do was dye all of the flowers. It took me a while to decide which flowers I wanted for the flowers, originally I wanted them to look like a meadow in the display but I decided that the colours looked too random together. So I decided on blues, purples and pinks which kept with the floral theme but also kept the look modern and sophisticated.
One thing that we have to do as part of our assessment is to do a full costing workup of our work. This got me thinking about how I would cost my work as there are a lot of separate elements to consider. After a lot of maths and headaches I decided that I would have three separate costs for my Small Medium and Large blooms and then a separate price for the silver shank on which the blooms sit into. This means that when I branch out into other items of jewellery, only the cost of that piece will change and not the flowers too. I also wanted to try and incorporate a 3D printed (sintered) box into my work like I had for my 'Full Bloom' ring. I tried to cost one for a ring and a flower but this was getting too expensive for what it was. I therefore created a three flower+ ring box which would be a set price and the customer can choose which colours they want for their flowers. This makes the product more desirable and individual.
It's all starting to come together now and the studio has a constant soundtrack of pendant motors buzzing away! Less than two weeks to go now so it's the final push. Photoshoot is on Saturday with my lovely model Katy so I will be revealing those as soon as I can.
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I am a third year student at the School Of Jewellery in Birmingham. Posts will be based upon my progress through my final year on this DFI course.
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