Pendants are made in a variety of ways, utilizing many different processes with the idea of having zero metal waste. As I make things, the pieces get smaller and smaller, until I am left with scraps that can only be used in a casting. Hydraulic press impression dies, roller printing, keum boo, etching, piercing, casting and alloying are just a few of the different ways I make each piece.
The stones I use have been purchased around the world in my travels as well as through trusted wholesale dealers. I don't strive to buy "perfect" stones or metal, rather, I enjoy the idea of everything having a story of its life within it. My stones are interesting within their imperfections, just as I will often leave the marks made by the steel die outside of the pattern, giving a nod to the mold and maker it came from.