Ever wonder who is the face (and hands) behind S’wag Jewellery?
We want you to get to know who is making your one-of- kind piece of S’wag and show you a bit about our process.
My name is Sarah Dobranowski and I am S’wag Jewellery. The hands you see in all of S’wag’s Instagram photos are mine. The smiling, dark haired girl in our Facebook photos is me. (The blonde modelling is my younger sister Alicia) And every piece of jewellery, every painting and every accessory in our S’wag Etsy shop are made by me here in Toronto, Ontario.
All of S’wag’s designs start as a small idea in my head. I then start to sketch out ideas on paper. I usually like to discuss my ideas aloud with my older sister Alexis. I like to call her my PR manager. She can often be seen in photos with me at shows and events around the city. She helps with some of the business and sales side of things.
After I decide on a design I take to the bench to make a sample. Some samples are made in metal. Others are carved in wax. If I decide the idea is worth replicating I make a silicon mold of the original so that I might make multiples in the future or I make a tracing template so that I can easily saw out individual designs.
With pieces such as our Sterling Silver Wrap Rings I cut the dachshund out of sheet metal. I then form it into the ring shape. Much time is spent filing and smoothing out all the edges and surfaces with files and emery paper. The final step is to polish the piece.
With pieces such as my Carved Doxie Pendant I pull waxes from a silicon mold using a wax injector. Hot wax is injected into a 2 part mold using pressure. Once the wax is cool I remove it from the mold. I can pull multiple waxes from a mold. These waxes are then cast into metal using the Lost Wax Casting technique. I cast in brass, sterling silver and gold. Once the piece is cast in metal I file and emery the surface of the metal to make it smooth. With both fabricating from sheet metal and casting I may need to solder on findings such as bails or jump rings.
Once the pieces are polished to perfection they are ready to be sent out to you!
S’wag also makes a number of non-jewellery items such as cards, paintings, felt ornaments and bookmarks. These items are all handmade by me as well.
I love making S’wag and I take pride in my work. I love that I get to handle each and every pieces that I send out into the world. As I am the only person who makes my products it sometimes may take a little longer then some bigger companies. I do my best and try to get all pieces shipped in a timely manner! I hope that when you receive a piece of S’wag Jewellery you are happy with the product.
We hope you learned a little about what makes S’wag Jewellery unique. We hope it gives you some understanding as to how much time, effort and love goes into each piece. If you have any other questions you would like to know then please don’t hesitate to ask!