A young man walked in wanting to create a special pendant for his girlfriend but wasn't certain how to go about the process. Fortunately, he had a sketch and that's all it took.
The sketch depicted highly stylized initials enveloped by a heart. A certain challenge, but well within Carter's skills.
A piece of carving wax is shaped to match the design.
Inner portions of the wax is carefully excavated and smoothed to achieve the script effect. Numerous carving utensils are used to sculpt the various curves. The model is now ready to be cast into a precious metal using the lost-wax process.
The young man chose 14k white gold. Here, the pendant appears freshly cast with the sprue intact. The area is smoothed away.
A jeweler's torch is used to solder gold. A pencil-tip blue flame will heat the surface just shy of its melting point.
The result is a white gold bail hoop.
This allows a 14k pendant bail to be properly oriented.
A polishing brush is used in the small crevices.
The pendant goes through multiple stages of polishing.
An ultrasonic bath dissolves any traces of polishing compound.
High pressure steam purges the pendant clean.
The custom-made pendant is now ready to be cherished. Knowing there will be no other pendant like this emphasizes its uniqueness.