Sunday, June 21, 2015

A hoard of silver?

©2015 Barry Smith - Hammered silver and rust
Over the years Fiona and I have seen exhibitions of hoards of gold objects and jewellery that have been found in fields etc from ancient times. Every now and then we joke about finding a hoard if we were walking in the Scottish highlands or islands - would be fun.

Anyway I digress - I did finish Meg's commission over the weekend - all the recycled metal trays and objects have been used; and the hoard below has resulted from the effort.

©2015 Barry Smith - A hoard of silver?
The conical bowls show beautiful hammer marks both before and after grinding-polishing.


©2015 Barry Smith - Starburst and conical bowls in the rough
After ….

©2015 Barry Smith - Starburst and conical bowls - ground and polished - on the rust table
The larger (17cm and 19-20cm) simple sunk bowls are shining functional classic pieces.

©2015 Barry Smith - Larger patterned silver-plate over copper bowl
©2015 Barry Smith - Larger simple silver-plate over copper bowl
And the leaf-form pate knives were also completed. These were hard to make - the metal was about the hardest I have worked with - lots of nickel in the metal I think.

©2015 Barry Smith - Leaf form pate knives - silver-plate over nickel-silver
A good way to finish the weekend. I can now let Meg know and arrange for her to collect the hoard.

And one can't not share another photo of silver and rust.

©2015 Barry Smith - Reflections of late afternoon light on silver and rust


  1. Truly a wonderful hoard! Your work continues to inspire me. Wishing you well.

  2. Love the photos. Silver and rust. Lovely.

  3. That's a hoard to be proud of!

  4. I love the shiny shots in the sun, against the rust - so beautiful! As is the work itself...

  5. Hi R, P & J - thanks for checking out the results of a weekend of hammering - the hoard was worth it. S/R - Thanks for you kind support; are you still creating - I have not seen a post for some time. P - the contrast of silver and rust is a winner. J - and I'm proud of it. All go well. B

  6. You can't beat silver and rust, and you do it so well, Barry. A truly wonderful hoard for Meg and her family.


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