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Stratford, ON
Canada

Custom jewellery design studio in Stratford Ontario Canada specializing in diamond engagement rings and wedding rings.

Jewelry by Design Brenda Radford, designer goldsmith

Jewelry Designer's Studio

Take a peek inside my jewelry design studio where I create custom jewelry, redesign old jewelry, and make original and unique pieces for my clients. 

TOUR THE STUDIO


WELCOME TO MY STUDIO. FOLLOW ME THROUGH THE PROCESS OF CREATING JEWELRY.

I begin a design with pencil on paper. When consulting with a client I make notes and sketches in my book.

I begin a design with pencil on paper. When consulting with a client I make notes and sketches in my book.

After I have worked out the technical details, I move to a computer and create the design in ArtCAM, making vectors follow the lines of my drawings. From there, I create a virtual art model that I send to my client by email for approval.

After I have worked out the technical details, I move to a computer and create the design in ArtCAM, making vectors follow the lines of my drawings. From there, I create a virtual art model that I send to my client by email for approval.

I then create a toolpath for the model. The toolpath goes in the computer that drives the CNC machine.

I then create a toolpath for the model. The toolpath goes in the computer that drives the CNC machine.

The model, cut from jeweller’s wax, gets hand finished and polished at my bench. I use a lot of dentist tools for this work. Then it’s ready for casting.

The model, cut from jeweller’s wax, gets hand finished and polished at my bench. I use a lot of dentist tools for this work. Then it’s ready for casting.

When a component is going to be used in a collection, a mould is created to make it possible for multiples to be cast. 

When a component is going to be used in a collection, a mould is created to make it possible for multiples to be cast. 

Raw castings go into the magnetic tumbler (grey box) for doing the first general polish. The polishing lathe (far left) does the finishing polish. The red band saw is used to cut material for the CNC machine.

Raw castings go into the magnetic tumbler (grey box) for doing the first general polish. The polishing lathe (far left) does the finishing polish. The red band saw is used to cut material for the CNC machine.

Sawing, drilling, burring, setting, and soldering are some of the activities done at a goldsmith’s bench.

Sawing, drilling, burring, setting, and soldering are some of the activities done at a goldsmith’s bench.

A foredom drill, powered by a foot pedal, is used to cut seats for diamonds or gemstones to be set in. 

A foredom drill, powered by a foot pedal, is used to cut seats for diamonds or gemstones to be set in. 

The final step in bezel setting a stone is called bright cutting, where a very sharp instrument called a graver cuts a sliver of gold away from the very top of the bezel.

The final step in bezel setting a stone is called bright cutting, where a very sharp instrument called a graver cuts a sliver of gold away from the very top of the bezel.

I have many surfaces to work on in the studio and each has its own use: goldsmithing, assembling, fabricating, stringing, enamelling and more.

I have many surfaces to work on in the studio and each has its own use: goldsmithing, assembling, fabricating, stringing, enamelling and more.

I have a white area for clean work. Notice even the floor is white in my studio. When I drop little gemstones or gold jump rings, they are easier to find on a plain white floor.

I have a white area for clean work. Notice even the floor is white in my studio. When I drop little gemstones or gold jump rings, they are easier to find on a plain white floor.

I photograph all of my work in the studio. The enamelling kiln is on the right, and the clean up area is used all the way through the process.

I photograph all of my work in the studio. The enamelling kiln is on the right, and the clean up area is used all the way through the process.