I’ve Tried That: Silversmithing

18 Feb

I wrote back over here about trying new things and pursuing new adventures, and was so excited to finally try something I’ve been dreaming about for years. I signed myself up for a short silversmithing course at the start of this year – a 3 hour course on making a hammered silver ring. Of course now I’m totally hooked and desperate to learn more, and subsequently I’m saving my pennies for and hoping to sign up to the full course soon (fingers crossed I learn about casting).

Upon arrival we were given a sawing station, a few tools and a piece of silver. After sawing my piece in half, and measuring out the length for my size, I annealed, pickled, sanded, hammered, bent, soldered, polished and diamond textured my pieces of silver into two rings. I don’t know if it was because I was new to it all, but it really did take 3 hours to complete the whole process, and as with most hand made things, I have huge respect for those who do it as a career. It wasn’t as labour intensive as I expected, but it sure was a process, which I’d GLADLY learn more about.

I’ll keep you updated on the next instalment in this silversmithing journey, and I hope to take a few other classes in other areas to report back on soon.

  • Natalie Pedevski

    I’d love to do this! I love your rings :)

    • http://www.somuchtosee.com.au/ Josh + Kirsty

      you should nat! melbourne has some amazing courses available! I’m frustrated by the lack of good things to do here! it’s super fun too!!!!