How are Totems made?
The literal answer is the simplest one.
I work with conflict free gems and clean metals. I use natural or low toxicity processes in my work.
I started in 2003, and have worked as a professional Fine Jeweler since 2009.
Since then I have studied at a number of academic institutes, apprenticed to amazing Master Craftsman, and studied a wide range of processes.
I prefer 14k rose or yellow gold and sterling silver.
I use a few of my own custom alloys as well.
A number of ancient processes and both traditional and primitive techniques go into this work,
along with some state of the art additions including laser welding and 3D computer aided design work.
The priority is in the energy of the work, and in your needs as client and Totem Guardian.
The materials and process are there to support that objective.
Cedric’s perspective and insight easily draws you back to your own nature. Talking through my “stuff” with him made me focus back to the roots of what’s important to me. I was amazed at how quick and natural working through things with Cedric went.Stu Snyder
What About the Energetic side?
The bottom line: Once the design is done and the object is in my hands, I bring it into a ritual process to clear the stress and send it out the door with energy aligned to our conversations.
These rituals used to be grandiose and complicated.
Now they’re actually very straight forward but just as powerful.
Natural spaces, quiet places; always with a river or lake.
I get settled and replaying the feeling of the intentions for your totem.
This collects the power of the concepts into the piece,
So that design and intention are aligned.
Once the piece is infused, it is goes into the water and onto a rock or stone to settle.
A sort of celebration and baptism.
The MetaRelic you made for me, The Ring of Creative Power, is in constant use, consciously or unconsciously. I still wear it on a regular basis, because it reminds me of the intention I assigned to it in the ritual we designed together, to strengthen and cultivate my own creative power. I don’t think the ring would have half as much power without the ritual. This was one of the most powerful experiences I’ve ever had. The beautifully crafted ring itself is a gem.Lars Carl Schmid