The Making of Ingrini’s Wooden Hearts
Ingrini Collections have been diverse and experimental, correlating along with my small business growth. Last year, I invest in a machine that allows me to bring my ideas to life. Among a list of possibilities I am yet to still discover with this machine, the wooden heart pendants are the second set of jewellery pieces made this way, the first being wooden earrings.
It all starts in my sketch book where I scribble a few ideas, rework and redraw before creating a vector shape in Adobe Illustrator that is then sent to the cutting machine where the magic happens.
The heart is made by joining 4 layers of the thin basswood with glue. Once dried I smooth down the edges by hand using either sand paper and a hand held sander, similar to a Dremel. The piece is finished off with an eco friendly varnish for protection.
The petals used in these pendants were finely crushed by using scissors before they are finally added to the epoxy and into the bezel section of the heart.
But the process does not stop there 😃
The final step is adding them onto stainless steel (allergy-free) chain that are specially picked to compliment each other.