The making of The Secret
"Can you manufacture a design to satisfy my keyholder's desire for discretion when wearing the key?"
A view months ago we received this message with the question if it was possible to design a new kind of key:
"A design to satisfy my keyholder's desire for discretion when wearing the key. Something where the key portion is covered up to look like an old fashioned skeleton and when the bottom half is pulled off, it reveals the actual key.
Sort of like the cap on a pen I guess...
This way the jewel will look decorative and not like a real key, until the cap is pulled of.
I attached a picture of the kind of key I was thinking of."
The development of the key
As with every custom request we made some sketches to discuss what we can do and to synchronize our thoughts.
It is not necessary to meet in person to create beautiful jewellery. We often use Messenger, Whatsapp and email to discuss your wishes.
The Secret in practice
Sometimes, when I'm going to manufacture special unique jewellery, I am manufacturing a "sketch" in a non-precious metal first to show the customer how the final jewel will look like.
Not this time! The idea of this "Secret key" was clear so I started right away.
The idea was very clear: the key needed to look like a normal skeleton key, the bottom part with a screw and, most important, it has to be a secret! So the screwing part must be invisible.
For me as a goldsmith these kind of keys are fun to craft. All our keys ofcourse but with these kind of keys you need to use lots of techniques.
The bottom part, the tube, is turned on the lathe with 0.01mm precision. In the tube a screw tread is manufactured by hand, same as in the key.
The bottom of the tube is soldered to close the tube.
The top part of the key is the part where I soldered the heart shape. Below the heart the silver screw and the actual key are placed; a silver key that fits exactly in the matching Bürg Wachter lock.
The Secret chastity key is in our opinion a true masterpiece.
(Blog continues below the photos)
The Secret Locktober
After The Secret we decided to create the Secret Locktober as well. It's the combination of The Secret and the Lovin' Locktober. In the middle of the heart we create a dangling stone in the color of your choice. Just like the Lovin' Locktober chastity key and The Secret!
The Lady Grace with diamonds
The Secret in practice
Below you will find pictures of keys of the Secret collection presented by beautiful keyholders.