100 Days

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Alongside the Stone to Bowl project I’m doing a 100 days project where I try and do something that is new/not work-driven each day. This silver bowl I started at college, but I now have new skills to finish it properly, so I did.

It is made from rings of silver soldered together and to a textured base and then slightly melted to give the organic finish.

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Heart charm bracelet

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This one has lots of hearts, a dolphin, a lucky stone with a hole and a moonstone (so it’s super suited for Valentines). Solid silver throughout and several unique charms. Pieces can be added or taken away too….

Charm bracelets

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This is a silver charm bracelet that I finished for Christmas. It’s a commission for a friend with a piece from the Thames foreshore, from the beach in Fife, a witch stone from New Zealand for luck, a silver threepence and a part of an old earring. So it’s quite special, includes lucky amulets and each piece has a story. I plan to do more for Valentine’s Day.

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.

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.