September 18, 2015
Geometry is about shapes, whether flat shapes or three dimensional objects, and so some pieces from the new Alice Made This collection use the process of precision milling to create block shapes. The pieces are precision milled at the same factory used in the Aerospace collection, Qualiturn, a British company with more than forty years of experience.
The Lloyd belt and key ring are precision milled from solid brass or solid stainless steel, creating the distinctive look of the square and circle. The pieces are then hand filed and polished for a mirror finish. The result is a refined, precise piece, combined with either a split ring or handcrafted leather in black, grey or navy, for either a key ring or a belt.
Precision milling is also used for two bracelet designs – the double wrap Edwin, and the single wrap Ernest. Unlike the Lloyd pieces, these are solid brass plated with either copper, gold or silver at the Nanotechnology factory. The straps of dyed vegetable tanned leather contrast with the high polish finish of the metal.
Milling is a process that dates back to the early 19th century, with the first appearance of milling machines dated between 1814 and 1818. With the advancements in computer technology, milling became computer controlled, and by the late 1980s even small machine shops used CNC (computer numerical control) machine tools. The most advanced CNC machines operate on five axes, adding two more axes to the original XYZ. CNC machines are guided by a program of codes, operated by a single programmer. Precision milling can be used on either large or small scales, from large aircraft components to a belt buckle.