Last chance to see

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This bowl is on display at Inspired at Goldsmith’s Centre as part of London Festival of Craft. The exhibition closes today, so hurry on down. The piece is sterling silver (probably nearer Britannia as I always add a bit more fine silver to the mix) on a pattern welded steel base.

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Yorkshire Artspace

I spent a couple of days in Sheffield working alongside Jen Ricketts at Brett Payne’s workshop in Yorkshire Artspace on a silver spoon.

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This is the almost finished spoon.

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I have already got it hall-marked as I was getting some bowls hall-marked for Inspired at Goldsmith’s Centre, London.

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Amazingly it started as a small silver ingot like the one pictured. Under Brett’s tutelage I worked the silver hot, which makes it easier to hammer out.

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The bowl is formed using a drop hammer. The bowl shape is formed in pewter first (using the drop hammer) and then the flat spoon end is placed over the pewter former and drop hammered.

I learned that spoons are flatware (only knives are cutlery) and lemmel is the sweepings from a precious metal workshop that can have the metal retrieved.

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I now have 3 different ways of making spoons – above are the hot forged layered steel spoons which are hot forged mainly using a power hammer and the bowl is largely filed in with just a small amount of hand forging first.

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Whereas the the bronze spoons are cast in sand from the iron spoons.

Some of my Damascus spoons are on show at the Fisher Gallery in Pittenweem.

Getting Started

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I’m heading back to the studio to start work on all the new ideas from my week at Goldsmith’s Getting Started course. First job will be the year planner. Fortunately I now have two – one from HSWalsh (a freebie in our goodie bag) and one from the Design Trust.

I also had a drink with the new owner of the fine silver bowl pictured on exhibit at Goldsmiths.

Open Studios 21/22nd May

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I finished the wee pewter bowls this morning and one is off to Germany with its new owner.

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The wee silver bird earrings are off to new homes too.

I shall make up some more of these earrings for tomorrow, which use my silver bird charm and so are only available from my Open Studios (until Pittenweem, White Fox and London!)

Open Studios – Cambo Hub

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ENOS artists (East Neuk Open Studios) will have some work at Cambo House ENOS Hub this weekend – 21st/22nd May. I’ll have this charm bracelet and some pewter shells at Cambo. But do visit me at my studio in Cellardyke for a wider choice of jewellery and metalwork.

I’m open the first weekend only.

Silver vessel, cast in Border’s sand mix

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I cast silver into the sand box (on the right) which has been drying for over a week. If the sand is damp the silver spits because the steam gets into it, not fun.

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I heated the silver to 1026 degrees – this picture shows the ‘button’ – the silver cooled in the funnel into the sand mould.

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When the metal cooled I opened the two-part mould and checked that the casting had worked (it has) The holes are to let the air escape as the metal is poured in.

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This is a side view of the piece, showing the button/funnel to the right. The spikes are more air escape holes, mainly in case there is steam trapped when you pour metal in.

So that is where this piece is up to. Tomorrow I’ll post pics of the piece with the sprues and button removed.

I hope that it will be cleaned and ready to admire by Open Studios this weekend 21/22 May.