Posted by byHillTribe on May 12, 2012

Casting jewelry logo in silver daisy flower


Part 1.
We are pleased to receive an order from one of our best customers today to complete a jewelry logo with her company initial on a daisy flower. We are at the initial stages of creating a design and thought we should keep a running blog on this project so that it is available for everyone to see what is involved in casting customized jewelry or jewelry logo.

Images below are what we received from Shelley. She is looking for a daisy flower jewelry tag with her company initials engraved into the front. We have yet to received her agreement on what type of Font to use but have made some samples for reference. Once a mock-up of the design is created, our artisan will need to carve a master wax to create the master and master rubber mold. This will take a day or two. Pictures and updates coming soon.

Posted by byHillTribe on May 10, 2012

What Is Vermeil and where to manufacture


What Is Vermeil and who manufactures it? .

Vermeil is a lovely way to plate silver with 96% gold, also known as 24 Karat gold. The process of plating silver with gold is not a secret but you’ll need to do proper research before doing it yourself. After all, technique is what distinguishes every jewelry design. Alternatively, we are able to do this for you with collaboration of local hill tribe artisans to create the silver jewelry and independent goldsmiths in Chiang Mai to complete the Vermeil process. We would be happy to provide you with more information. Please contact us using the CONTACT link on top.

As of today, there aren’t many videos on how to create Vermeil on YouTube or elsewhere. We managed to find this video containing some nice jewelry using Vermeil.

Posted by byHillTribe on May 8, 2012

Casting belt buckle master in brass and rubber mold


Just a few quick notes on how this design came into production. A friend brought this nice looking brass belt buckle to me from a handicraft market in Vietnam. Well no, a friend of his bought it in Vietnam and wore it for years receiving many compliments from his peers until one day he realizes it’s beautiful and should be shared with others. From first impression, this design is far from being a “unique” design as the Anchor logo is well known to everyone. This particular belt buckle though had a feel to it that needed reproduction and modification to meet modern fashion. We’ve put our own ideas and a few twist to it so that it is more durable and practical. You can tell, we are a little excited about the outcome as this is our first casting of a finished product. And we are quite happy with the result.

The gallery below has images from what we were able to photograph during the process. There will be some videos coming later on YouTube. You can keep posted by subscribing to our blog using the field on the sidebar.

Our main objective with casting jewelry is to offer casting of logos, custom jewelry designs, ornaments and decorations that jewelry designers may wish to have duplicated. We’ve found our cost in creating a master rubber mold and master design is very competitive. Depending on your requirements, we can provide master and rubber mold casting for as low as 1500 Baht or approximately $50 USD (May 2012) which includes one Master and one Rubber Mold. Manufacturing and cost of production can be done in precious metals or base metal. Common metals we are regularly using are gold, silver, copper and brass alloy.

We feel this will supplement our hill tribe artisan’s unique handy work with our jewelry business very well. We know many of our customers are jewelry designers that have much appreciation for our Karen hill tribe silver and the Karen hill tribe village. Permitting us to create your custom Logo will tag each piece of creation with your name and connect you to the hill tribe families here in Thailand. It gives us much joy when we see our products displayed so gracefully online, on eBay, Etsy and many others. We sit back and ponder what it would like to meet everyone of you awesome creative designers. It would be such an honor and experience to see creative minds. That’s just a daydream– however. Be that as it may, we feel we can connect with you in other ways.

Our Karen artisans hardly get a chance to see any finished creation of their work but when they do, they are stunned! However, with so much hill tribe silver in circulation due to high demand in 2001 through 2007, the line of distinction has been flatten and overshadowed. We wonder what our hill tribe silversmiths would think if they see a piece of jewelry and know exactly that that bead he’s looking at came from his hands and his hand stamp tools. We can imagine our how wonderful they would feel. The Karens have worked very hard to produce their designs and had a great run during the high season. You’d think they would be burnt out by now knowing how difficult their methods of silver making truly is. Although there are machines involved in stretching, flattening and melting, each design is also hammered, shaped, cut, scrubbed, soldered and polished many times before it is shipped out to any customer. We can understand why so many of our Karen friends become quite attached to their designs– it is their family signature.

We hope to become more personable with our customers. Over the years, many customers have requested custom jewelry casting but being a small business we did not realize it’s importance until now. For this, we sincerely apologize. We want to make it up to our customers. Custom designs jewelry casting is now available. Our artists and craftsmen are talented and will provide with fascinating results. We look forward to working with you again in the near future.


Posted by byHillTribe on May 7, 2012

Karen hill tribe silversmiths deliver on Fridays and Mondays


Our Karen friends made a delivery today! We are a little more excited than usual as turn around time has been slow in previous months. This is not due to the fact that our Karen silversmiths are lazy or anything of that sort. It’s because orders are coming at a slower pace and lower volume. Due to lack of work, many Karen hill tribe silversmiths have taken on part time jobs or gone as far as moved onto other things to support their family. A few have even moved from their village in Prabhat Huaythom to take on construction work in bigger cities like Lamphun, Chiang Mai and Bangkok. It breaks our heart to see everyone being disappointed by our own high expectations. When orders come in and our artisans pick their phone and agree to come back to work– we are extremely pleased. We are even more pleased to see the results of their work in our hand because this just proves to us that they are as dedicated as we are. Most importantly this means we are able to send out customer order as quickly as we have done before.

Thank God for all of you. We appreciate your business and continued support!

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Posted by byHillTribe on May 5, 2012

Where to cast jewelry and custom logos


We are working on replicating and creating a master for this belt buckle this week. The brass piece on the right of this image is the original. The design looks great but we want to make more durable and slightly heavier. This original is rounded on the front but is flat on the back which seem to create more friction on pant material. We have carved out a wax master design on the left to be used to create our master belt buckle tomorrow.

Everything looks great so far, albeit some difficulties getting things started. The customer is currently in Chiang Mai and would like to complete 1 batch of production before he returns to the US. We pushing to have everything done by the end of this week.

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