Sunday, September 25, 2016

Stemless solid silver saki drinking vessel

©2016 Barry Smith - Stemless solid silver saki vessel on its stand with rust
I decided I wanted to try my hand at making a stemless saki drinking vessel from a sheet of solid silver. This would mean committing quite a bit of new .5mm thick 925 silver to the project. I wanted the vessel to be stemless and yet have a stand as I wanted the drinking vessel to be very pure in its lines.

It was a while since I had hammered small bowls with straight sides from flat sheet so I practiced on some silver-plated EPNS before committing to the solid silver. The diameter of the drinking vessel circle of  metal was 70mm; and that for the stand was about 35mm.

©2016 Barry Smith  - Circles of silver
Making the stand was a bit of a challenge - quite a small piece of metal to hold and hammer on the stake.
©2016 Barry Smith  - Hammering the stand - that dark metal is actually annealed solid silver
But the combined outcome looks good in  front of the anvil.

©2016 Barry Smith  - Stemless vessel with stand - in the rough
©2016 Barry Smith  - The solid silver stand
And the test bowl, the drinking vessel and stand look pretty rough on the grinding-polishing bench.

©2016 Barry Smith  - Ready for grinding and polishing
As you can see the the drinking vessels looks reasonably small in my hand; but in reality it is 60mm in diameter and about 20-25mm deep.

©2016 Barry Smith  - Saki vessel in hand - I have deliberately left the edge with a hammered look
A couple more photos on stone; and with the vessel and stand separated.

©2016 Barry Smith  - Stemless drinking vessel on sandstone
©2016 Barry Smith  - Vessel and stand on rust
I think I proved to myself I can do this; and I think a fellow metal worker will appreciate the beauty and hand hammered nature of the vessel.


  1. Very fine work, my friend.
    Thanks for sharing.

  2. Clever...and quite lovely in its simplicity.

  3. Lovely. Wish I was younger and could attempt something like this. Playing with copper last week made me want to do more but my hands are telling me off today.

  4. "Appreciate the beauty" indeed! Lovely!

  5. Truly beautiful, Barry! And wonderful to see the process.


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