Portrait Pendants, How does it work?
Booking your Portrait Pendant session is easy. Just complete the form and arrange for your appointment.
Booking Confirmation & Remaining Balance: We will require a £25 non-refundable booking confirmation when you book your session. Your remaining balance must be paid on the day of the session and before we actually send your finished product to be created.
Session: On your session date, we will collect multiple scans of your face. You are allowed to try different expressions for variety. We will then process the files and create digital proofs for you to choose from. Once you have chosen the final design, we will send it off to be made. Precious metals will take 15 days from order to delivery. This is because each design is proof printed and checked by the factory’s technical team before they create a final print.
Different materials equals different processes. We currently offer various plastic finish, steel, sterling silver and gold. Below are how the metals are made.
Gold models are made using a complex five-step process. First, the model is printed in wax using a specialised high-resolution 3D printer. It is then put in a container where liquid plaster is poured in around it. When the plaster sets, the wax is melted out in a furnace, and the remaining plaster becomes the mould.
Molten Gold is poured into this mould and set to harden. The plaster is broken away, revealing your new product. The product is then carefully cleaned and hand-polished to give it the trademark Gold lustre. Please be aware that polishing can wear down or fill in very fine details and edges. Polishing also removes a bit of material from your product in order to smooth it out, so the exact volume may be slightly smaller than that of your digital model.
Sterling Silver products are made using a three-step process. The products are created with a lost-wax casting process using a high-resolution 3D wax printer. The 3D printed wax model is put in a container and liquid plaster is poured around it to create a mould. After the plaster sets, the wax is melted out and molten silver is poured into the plaster mould. The plaster is then pulled away to reveal the silver and the finished product is polished for a smooth surface.
To build steel models, special 3D printers deposit small drops of glue onto layers of stainless steel powder, one layer at a time, until the print is complete. We carefully remove these models from the printer. At this stage of the process, the objects are very fragile, similar to wet sand. The models then go through an infusion process that replaces the glue with bronze, creating a full metal product. Models are then processed to achieve your desired finish and sprayed with a sealant.
Marking: An additional of at least 5 working days will be added before delivery if you wish your jewellery to be hallmarked.
Delivery: As soon as your order is delivered from the factory, we will check it first, then package it before personally delivering it to you.