Sandy Menzies Jewellery for bespoke commissioned jewellery with digitally creating 3D renders pre-manufacture.
I was brought up and educated in Dunnet in Caithness and then spent five years, including a post graduate year, at Grays School of Art in Aberdeen studying jewellery design and printed textiles.
I then spent 3 years in Edinburgh with J.R. Drever Jewellers learning the practical skills required for repairing jewellery, manufacturing in gold, silver and platinum and setting diamonds and precious stones.
I returned to Aberdeen in 1988 and have worked as Sandy Menzies Jewellery, producing bespoke commissioned jewellery to order and carrying out jewellery repairs in various locations in the city centre since then.
COMPUTER AIDED DESIGN
In early 2018 I began learning Rhino 3D a computer aided design programme much used by jewellers and product designers.
I now work almost entirely digitally creating 3D renders on screen to give my customers a “virtual photograph” of their finished design in 4 different views.
Once given the go ahead by my customer to make the design, the CAD file is then sent to my caster to be 3D printed in castable wax resin and the resulting model is then cast in the metal of choice using the “lost wax” casting method.