I take great pride in the fact that every step of the process required to create mijatu handcrafted jewellery is touched by hand - my hands. It is an approach and philosophy that is very important to me, resulting in completely one of a kind designs where no two pieces are exactly the same. It also means you are purchasing something that is truly unique and special, where many hours have been put into the design and creation of each and every piece. Whatever you choose, it will be made just for you - by me.
For the vast majority of my pieces I use the ancient technique of lost wax casting. This process has been around for thousands of years, and involves the carving of the design through different types of wax. Instead of fabricating the piece by building up the metal to produce a finished design, wax carving involves the reverse - removing material through the use of various metal files, burs and scalpels until the design emerges. Wax is quite a forgiving material, and also enables more fluid and organic designs, just like you might get through moulding clay.
Once the wax design is complete, it is placed into a flask and surrounded by special plaster; and then heated until completely burnt out - leaving a perfect negative impression. Molten metal is then poured in this cavity - producing an exact replica. Once the metal has been cooled, the 'casting' then requires a lot of clean up work - grinding, sanding, soldering of ear posts or jump rings and then various rounds of polish to name just a few, to get it to its beautifully finished state.
I absolutely love this process, as it allows me to capture a delicate piece of nature or an intricate hand carved design and transform it so it can last for generations through metal.
Wherever possible, I use recyclable and sustainable materials in every piece, with flowers and plants inspired by and sourced from my wanderings in my home city of Sydney, Australia. I also try to support other small, local businesses trying to live out their dream just like me, with all pieces cast into Australian recycled metal by a local casting house in Sydney, as well as all elements of my packaging sourced through small Australian and New Zealand businesses.
I hope you enjoy!