About Our Processes
Porcelain Jewelry: All of our pieces begin with raw porcelain clay. We roll it out and shape it with a needle tool, tiny cutters or even our hands. We then use the following techniques to add creative design elements...
Using a small paint brush we paint on Duncan metal lusters that are yellow gold or white gold. The lusters are kiln-fired to around 1300 F and are permanent. The deposited yellow gold is 22 karat and the white gold is 18 karat.
We dissolve shellac chips in alcohol and paint the solution on our raw porcelain pieces using a tiny brush. We then take a wet sponge and gently etch away the exposed clay, leaving the raised design.
We make pieces that resemble granite by adding a colored stain directly to the raw porcelain clay and mixing it in gently. Another way we do this is by mixing a powdered stain with dry porcelain powder and rewetting it to make a solid color. We then mix this stained clay with uncolored porcelain and it also makes a granite look.
We take hand shaped porcelain pieces and shape leather pieces to fit in between them to create one of a kind pieces.
For the retired Branching Out line we used a local laser-cutting lab in Austin called MakeATX. We designed our pieces in Adobe Illustrator which then prints to an Epilog laser cutter. We use Minwax water-based stains and acrylic paints for color.
Photography: We use a Canon Rebel XS that was converted by LifePixel with an infrared filter of 720nm. We also use a Canon RP mirrorless camera and a DJI Mavic 2 Pro drone both converted by Kolari Vision with a full spectrum that allows for a UV filter, 560 nm, 650 nm, 720 nm, and 850 nm IR filters, and a hot mirror filter. The hot mirror filter allows us to shoot in the visible range.