I start by roughly hand-sketching my designs on paper. Then the design is scanned into my computer and I create a vector line drawing of the designs. The different components of the design are given a three-dimensional shape. Manipulating those components by changing their sizes, shapes, heights, and depths, the final design is achieved. Then the design is cut on one of my CNC machines into wax. After the design has been cut, any needed changes are made by hand-finishing the wax master. Then the piece is cast into the desired precious metal, creating the original jewelry piece.
If the design is to be a limited edition series or have reproductions made of the design, a mold is made and the lost-wax casting process is used to create the reproduction. While some of my designs are reproduced, none are mass-produced. Depending on the piece, it is sometimes tumble-finished and stones are set. Finally, I hand-finish all my jewelry.
David Daffer is a jewelry designer from Edmond, Oklahoma. He also recently retired from the Edmond Fire Department with the rank of Captain. He creates his jewelry not only to be beautiful, but to have true meaning to the wearer. His designs include beautiful crosses, family jewelry and firefighter pieces. But his education in advertising design and his training with new computerized jewelry equipment, is what helps him create his most popular jewelry, his two-sidedpieces. Combining his artistic patterns with beautiful fonts allows him to create artistic quotes, words or scriptures on one side of a piece, with a creative complimentary design on the other. These pieces range from inspirational to whimsical, and can be worn with either side showing.