This is an opal pendant that I did for Dan. In this post I want to point out our design process using CAD software. When a client comes in to have us make a piece of jewelry, we use computer-aided design. After talking to the customer and getting an idea of what we want the piece to look like, we dive right into the design process.
This first image that you see is a preliminary design that outlines the piece we are going to make. This is the same as a rough sketch but using a computer as the sketch pad. As we work through the design and begin to refine it, the actual design begins to resemble the final piece more and more. During this process, the customer has lot’s of opportunity to sit with us and refine the design so that we have something that is a collaborative achievement.
The final image is what we ended up with from our initial design. Using software to do the design work allows for tremendous flexibility. Elements of the design can easily be changed and modified as the piece starts to take shape. You can make changes all the way up until the piece is cast. This is way better than the traditional design process where you go through a series of comps and proofs. The comp and proof process binds you to early design decisions where the CAD software approach does not. The process is much more fluid and rewarding in the long run.