In parallel to the planning for AKSHA's first exhibit, designers Nine, Don and I are working to complete the first line of the Luminous prayer beads, rings and earrings that were offered to backers on AKSHA's Kickstarter campaign.
It's been an exciting process, and we've had the opportunity to learn and refine the designs along the way. Here are some pictures from the process.
After creating wax prototypes, the beads are cast in halves from brass. They come from the mold attached to a frame that look like "trees". Each half-bead is carefully freed and then soldered together until seamless. Then they are silver-plated and polished again, removing any imperfections from the process.
Here are some pictures.