Alari Design has two distinct lines of jewelry: one is a comfortable easy to wear everyday line consisting of Swarovski crystals, gemstones, and allergy safe materials. Our artisan line is dedicated to unique crocheted wire jewelry, and electroformed jewelry in copper, silver and gold. Visit our event and show schedule if you live in the Tehachapi ... Bakersfield area. We also conduct classes at the Tehachapi Treasure Trove. Our studio is located in the beautiful Tehachapi Mountains
I often make use of two rather exotic techniques in my jewelry creation. Wire Crochet, and Electroforming.
My wire crochet is generally either a dense version of my own creation with gemstones and various other beads, or a plain wire version that resembles knit. I do in fact make used of granny squares in some jewelry! I enjoy the way wire behaves once crocheted, what was once stiff turns into a fluid chain like structure.
Electroforming (my mad scientist technique), in the simplest terms, is the intricate process of controlling chemically a metal deposit (copper, silver, gold) onto a conductive surface whether it be an organic or inorganic material. This process is similar to plating...but is done over a much longer period of time - and can be anywhere from 1 - 18 hours. Basically a thick “skin” of metal is built up into a rigid surface. I used this technique to make bezels, rings, pendants, and to enhance or improve some of my forged or crocheted wire components.
I pay attention to function as well as form - much of my jewelry seems rather simple in construction but much energy has been put into ensuring the piece “works,” earrings need to hang right, pendants need to lay right, and everything has to be durable.
I want you to be happy with your jewelry from the least expensive to the most complex. All jewelry has a life-time guarantee on workmanship.
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- Alari Design
- June 2014
- Tehachapi, United States
- Artisan Jeweler
- Alari Design