Friday, June 19, 2015

Creeping towards completion….

©2015 Barry Smith - Base of hammered bowl
I am determined to complete the work with Meg's metal by the end of the weekend. I got quite a good run at the remaining metal today.

I have now cut up the last of the silver-plated objects - sugar bowls, milk jugs and small ice bucket.

©2015 Barry Smith - More recycled metal on the sorting table.
Before lunch I made a couple of cuff bracelets out of the top of a sugar bowl and milk jug; and made a spiral arm band from the rim of a small ice bucket.

©2015 Barry Smith - A brace of cuff bracelets and a spiral arm-band
©2015 Barry Smith - Spiral arm-band - thick hard metal  (2mm) and the decorative part is about 6-7mm wide
©2015 Barry Smith - Decorative edged cuff bracelets
Larger bowls are on Meg's list - so I did the first round of annealing and hammering on the larger bowls and a bunch of smaller ones I will make. I plan to make Star Burst bowls from the deeper base sections of three of the small objects.

©2015 Barry Smith - A group of bowls looking the worse for wear after annealing and initial hammering
I was asked to make 4 leaf pate knives. Meg's metal is too light so I decided to make the pate knives anyway out of an old Italian silver-plate nickel-silver jug I bought from an Op-shop for a couple of dollars  - the handle was falling off and it is badly worn. The metal is over 1mm thick and extremely hard. Today I decided to make a prototype from this metal - test out how I would have to work it - it can't be softened with annealing.  The prototype worked OK - couple of refinements to be made in the process. The knife is about 16cm long.
©2015 Barry Smith - Leaf pate knife with strip of nickel silver metal
©2015 Barry Smith - Leaf pate knife
All in all, a good day. Hopefully over the weekend I will finish the bowls. Now I'm off to get ready to go out to dinner with friends - a good end to a Friday.

©2015 Barry Smith - Silver-plate filings floating on the surface of the rusty annealing bowl


  1. Barry, you can even make silver plate filings look special! So many beautiful things happening in your workshop...

    1. Hi C - I reckon that one was down to nature!! Peace. B


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