When you see pictures from Maverick Objects, you mostly see finished products and products styled on models. I wanted to give you a little look into the process of creating our pieces. A lot of dedication, quality workmanship and time goes into creating each unique design. I use a variety of tools to create the finished product. Below I have taken a photo of my most used tools.
This photo displays my jeweler's saw. This tool allows me to cut through metal sheet and wire to create the bases of my designs. Next you will see my butane torch, my charcoal block and my syringe filled with solder. All these tools are essential for solder work. Soldering allows me to permanently join metals. This technique is used to create ring, attach posts to earrings, and blend mixed metals. Also shown is my mini bench block. This metal rectangle allows me to hammer metal against it to straighten, flatten and texture it. The remaining tools, I mainly use to shape my designs into perfect circles and ovals. And most important SAFETY GLASSES! While I do wear eyeglasses, I wear these protective glasses on top of my glasses to protect my eyes from flames, dust, metal shards and pieces of minerals. This is just a quick look into tools I use every day. There are many many more tools that serve their purpose on my bench.
I spend about 6-8 hours a day at my bench working on my pieces. I take my time with each piece to make sure it meets my quality standards.
Here I am polishing up a pair of Honeydew Earrings. I spend extra time polishing around the crystals which allows the metal to highlight the stone more. I want to make sure my designs fully capture the color, shape and texture of the stones that I hand select for each design that I make.
After I mine the stones, I clean, cut and polish them to prepare them for setting. I hand select each stone that goes in each piece to make sure the design is cohesive. I want to give my buyers the best quality stones that I have. When you buy a piece of Maverick Objects jewelry, know that it is truly handmade. While many artists, purchase their stones from foreign buyers, I ethically mine all my stones. I want to make sure that Maverick Objects practices fair trade standards and has a positive impact on the environment. I use recycled metals as well as metal ores that I have mined in my designs. Each piece tells its own story with where each mineral was extracted from. I hope you appreciate the work and background story that is attached to each piece.