About Fine and Good Jewelry
Fine and Good provides jewelry with a fresh new take on classic themes and designs. This is achieved by exploring unusual fabrication and finishing techniques. Each piece is designed and made by hand in Canada.
The primary designer at FnG is Aimée Kennedy who has been creating jewelry professionally as early as 1990 though she didn't change her career focus, from graphic design, to jewelry until 2003 when she began the jewelry Division of Fine and Good Design. She uses her background in fine art (sculpture) and her 10+ years in the graphic design and advertising industry to create innovative and wearable designs.
Fusing Metal is the process of melting two pieces of metal together to form a bond, it differs from soldering (which is a more common practice for joining precious metals) in that soldering uses a lower melting point alloy to melt and fill in the space between two pieces of metal (like glue). At FnG this process is used as a design feature, which appears as a bump of excess metal in an otherwise, streamline design. The best example of this feature can be seen in the Bubbles collection.
Lampworking is using a torch to melt glass and then using this glass to form small objects such as beads and marbles. This is similar to glass blowing but used to construct very small objects. Beads are made by melting coloured glass rods around a mandrel coated with a heatproof ceramic slip called a "bead release". After the desired effect is achieved the pieces is placed in a kiln where the cooling down process is controlled, making the beads much more durable. Then after it comes out of the kiln the bead is cleaned, polished and integrated into a piece of jewelry for you.
Traditional Enameling (in this context) is the process of fusing powdered glass to the surface of metal (copper). This is achieved by placing the piece in a 1500F kiln until the glass melts and adheres to the surface of the metal. This is done several times until the desired effect is achieved.
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