case study obscenerie laser cutting jewellery

Obscenerie's Jewellery Shines with a Trotec Laser!

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Published on: 08/14/2018

Designing and Creating Wearable Art

Obscenerie is a jewellery and accessories company founded by Anne Sandilands, a sculpture graduate from the Edinburgh College of Art. With a focus on creating jewellery representing nature, language and typography, Anne is constantly designing and developing new, innovative ideas for products. Thanks to her online webshop, Anne is able to offer her products worldwide, in a variety of materials and frequently attends trade shows within 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 -

Production Time Is Money

Primarily casting her jewellery in resin, it wasn't long before Anne began to notice the detrimental effect her production methods were having on her business. First and foremost, resin casting meant that any attempt at producing multiple versions of the same piece was complicated and time consuming. This caused a considerable knock-on effect on the time needed to get her products to market, as each piece had to be photographed and listed individually, a process which could frequently take days worth of time. 

Using resin casting also meant a restriction in volumes, producing at most two products per day. Worst of all was the impact on Anne's time to design, the aspect of the business she enjoyed most. It was with these many restraints and restrictions in mind that she began the search for an alternative 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 -

Laser Guided Production

In laser technology, Anne found what she felt might be the ideal way to scale up her production and get her products to market faster. However, having little to no experience with lasers, she realized that her choice of supplier would be vital. Although cheap laser machines were readily available to import, they came with no support, leaving Anne to fix any issues she encountered entirely on her own - that simply would not do.

Booking a demo at her local Trotec, Anne could immediately see the potential benefits, both to her jewelry production, and the reliable support a local showroom meant for her business. Once her laser was installed, Anne began scaling up production immediately, and is now able to make dozens of necklaces per day, from initial design to packaged product.

As a creative business equipped with a Trotec laser, Anne now has the ability to take designs and turn them into physical products with a quick turn around, to showcase her work at exciting art and fashion events, and to make bespoke orders for loyal customers.