From there, the wax piece is encased in a liquid plaster and allowed to set. The mold is then placed into the kiln so the wax can melt. A reverse cavity of where the wax once was is then left behind in the plaster.
The mold remains inside the kiln for a certain length of time so it can cool to a temperature appropriate for casting. The mold is then put into a centrifugal caster with the crucible attached to one end. The metal is melted in the crucible and thrown into the mold via centrifugal force by the caster.
The new piece of jewelry is released from the mold by being dipped in cold water.
Childers then takes the piece and files, polishes and shapes it accordingly.
"That's the process," Childers said. "It takes a while but it's worth it."
Petit said customers often drop off their old gold and they are able to melt it and turn it into a piece of jewelry.
"We recycle gold here," Petit said. "Having a piece made with their old gold has sentimental value and it's cheaper to recycle gold."
Petit is definitely a pro at jewelry making. He claims many things can be done with metals and stones.
He points to a stone necklace in his display case dedicated to merchandise that was made at his store. He was able to set a stone he had lying around his shop for months into a necklace that has garnered much attention.
In addition, he was able to recycle some gold that was given to him and transformed it into three metal rings.
His merchandise ranges from $50 to $3,000. He claims the months around Christmas are some of his busiest times of the year.
"We're all booked till Christmas," Childers said. "It's just the two of us and we can only do so much. We've been busy for 10 years but this year has been significantly busy."
Childers said he was unable to take a golf vacation because of the amount of work they've had to do.
Petit's line of jewelry is called "One." He specializes in making earrings, pendants and other fine jewelry. He is working on becoming a certified gemologist, a designation received after intensive course study.
For more information, call 304-343-0003 or visit www.petitjewelrydesigns.com.
Contact writer John Gibb at john.g...@dailymailwv.com or 304-348-1796.