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Exactly. Chrome hearts fit more with the gothic style or street wear... doesn’t really go with Americana or Japanese styleI’ve been buying CH since 96. I like their design and how their jewelry have weight to them. Haven’t been buying any of the newer stuffs so I don’t know how they are now.
However none of their stuff goes with what I have in my wardrobe now since I mostly have visvim stuffs.
All jewelry is done using either brazing techniques or laser soldering. I mean I guess so people fuse in a kiln or forge, but that’s rare. When it comes to the no visible seam it comes down to clean joints and proper finishing. When the two side of the metal meet up, they should be clean of all debris and marks and touch perfectly, then you can solder them together. When you see a solder line it’s most commonly from people rushing this step. From there, when brazing, to insure a seamless joint it comes down to the proper amount of solder. Flood it and then clean it all up post. With laser soldering it’s so much easier, super clean joint and then a little zap zap. Laser soldering it’s nearly always seamless and for any major company, (Hermès for SURE), it’s standard. I have all my stuff lasered. It’s faster, cleaner and cheaper than brazing.So, I'm not going to pretend that I know anything about metal working, because that would be a damn lie, but from what I understand, there isa huge difference between soldering on workbench, and having the heat to be able to forge the joins together. Like, on my Good Art chains, and Hermes, there is no line of solder. You could not tell where the join was, originally. Other makers just don't have the same equipment.
woah COOL!As I understand, or at least from videos of people making a Good Art chain, they use a kiln.
That screencap is them heating the metal for casting, using a brazing torch to liquify the metal prior to pouring, either into an ingot for hand fabrication or into a mold for a casted piece.Cool knowledge. Yeah, so, I'll that I know is that Ive seen them with the fished chain, putting it under (over?) heat, the the entire thing is red hot, and then they do do close the links then. Not sure where I saw this (maybe on Instagram, but I would not swear to it) I think that then they quenched it in water, but again, I will definitely not swear to that last part. Then they trimmed the rough parts off of the links. I was invited to visit the foundry the Nine Lives guys, who share a facility with them, as well as having done quite a few collborations, and whom we had over at our little place in Florence, a couple of years back during Pitti Uomo. I never did take them up on that offer, but feel like I should have now.