case study obscenerie laser cutting jewellery

Trotec helps Obscenerie's jewellery shine

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Published on: 08/14/2018

Designing and manufacturing jewellery as wearable art

Obscenerie was founded by Anne Sandilands, a sculpture graduate from Edinburgh College of Art. The bespoke jewellery and accessories company works with acrylic to make wearable art. Obscenerie jewellerys designs primiarly represent nature, language and typography using a range of materials, Anne constantly designs and develops innovative new jewellery. Anne offers her products worldwide through her online store, and is a regular atendee at trade shows around the UK.

"Trotec have been excellent. During my demo my area manager made sure that I knew how the machine worked and how to get the best out of my materials. They even loaned me their demo machine after I had ordered my laser so that I could get started straight away producing my products."
- Anne Sandilands - Obscenerie -

Time is money

Anne found significant productivity and profit gains since working with Trotec. Annes previous production method of casting jewellery in resin meant that producing multiple versions of the same piece was time consuming.

The lengthly production process significantly impacted the time it took Anne to get her products to market, each piece had to be photographed and listed as a separate item, something which would frequently take up days worth of time. Innovation is the cornerstone of any creative buisness; but with so much time spent on production, little time was left for design and creativity. The resin casting method of production limited Annes output, only producing two products at most per day. It was these time restraints that .led Anne to find Trotec, after searching for a better production method.

"Technical support has also been excellent. They are always there if I have any questions and I can still consult them if I am thinking of trying out new materials."
- Anne Sandilands - Obscenerie -

Scaling up production

The manual production method was not sustainable as it was delaying the products getting to market. Anne was keen to find a new solution, and began to research lasers that would be backed by technical support. Anne was keen to stay away from cheaper lasers imported overseas, knowing that should the machine need any maintenence, she would have no local support.

Anne booked a personal Trotec demonstration to learn what benefits the machine could bring to Obscenerie. With no time to spare, Annes laser was installed and she began scaling up her production. Today, Anne makes dozens of necklaces per day, from initial design to the packaged product.

As a creative business, the ability to take designs and turn them into physical products with a quick turn around has allowed Anne to showcase her work at exciting art and fashion events. The laser also enables Anne to make custom orders for her valued customers.