Will Harjes has been designing and making jewelry since 1976. During this time his work has been exhibited at many shows throughout the Southwest. Nationally his pieces have been shown in galleries from Carmel, CA to New Orleans to Buffalo, NY. A line of his designs was featured at Neiman-Marcus in Dallas. Working in precious metals, such as Sterling Silver, 14K Gold and Platinum, his jewelry is often noted for its clean lines and understated elegance.
Whether the inspiration is natural organic shapes or purely geometric Will’s intent is always that the resulting pieces are practical and easy to wear.
Harjes creates most of his pieces using the "Lost Wax" casting method. This involves carving a wax model that is exactly like the finished piece is envisioned. A wax rod (called a sprue) is attached to the model and a plaster-like mold is poured around the wax. After curing the mold is placed in a kiln and all traces of the wax are burned away leaving a cavity exactly like the wax used to be. Hence the name "Lost Wax". The burned away wax sprue now becomes a tunnel that allows molten metal to be directed into the cavity. When the metal has solidified in the mold the whole thing is plunged into cold water and the mold disintergrates leaving the rough metal casting. The metal sprue is cut off and the casting is finished, polished and any stones are then set. Since the original wax model is burned away and the mold is destroyed each piece is truly a one of a kind creation.
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