22 February 2012

Silversmithing at school

I finally got around to posting about my course. I haven't been in a classroom for longer than I care to remember but last September I started at evening school. I enrolled over the summer and have started learning Silversmithing and jewellery design. Its something i've wanted to do for quite a while now.

I had no previous experience so I'm starting with the very basics. My first few weeks included sketching a design of the first piece I wanted to make and creating a prototype made in copper first which works in the same way as silver. The equipment is the trickiest to master, some rather scary burners and drill machines but they're also the most fun too!


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Here's my first piece, it started off as a sketch and a few strands of wire.....


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Slightly more progressed
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All polished up and curved, and finally, after I had it silver plated.

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My second piece was a dainty hammered ring.

I bought some solid silver and this is how the final piece came out - i'm really pleased with this. I have also made a matching ring for my little finger. I love the skinny plain band and am planning to make several with different textures for stacking.
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I also made these knotted large studs which I love.
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Next up is a neck piece.

I'm really enjoying the course, we can make whatever we like, it's actually quite relaxing switching off from the norm for a few hours and getting on with making a piece that you'll hopefully wear and love. The people are so friendly too. I might post a few more photos of finished pieces if you're interested?

It's also got me interested in other types of evening courses which I may look into in a few months. Do any of you go to an evening class

23 comments:

  1. This is brilliant! I love your designs - especially the studs. I can't wait to see what you do for the neck piece. :)

    Jess

    Styladelica

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  2. the designs are all yours? woow such a talent xxx

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  3. this is so cool!! I especially love that ring you made!

    Corinne xo
    http://corinnemonique.blogspot.com

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  4. You did a great job! I would have no idea where to begin with something like this. I love the finished products.

    http://www.glamkittenslitterbox.com/
    Twitter: @GlamKitten88

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  5. They look amazing, the course sounds so interesting - it's made me think I should really sign up to something! x

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  6. Very cool! You did a great job! I love the earrings.

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  7. i really love the earrings. it looks awesome.
    megha
    http://meghafashionista.blogspot.com

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  8. That pretty things!
    And especially like the earrings :)

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  9. What a cool course and the jewellery you've made is beautiful. I had Spanish classes for a couple of years but haven't been able to afford it since

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  10. So cool ideas!
    Pretty creations, very original!
    xxx
    S
    http://s-fashion-avenue.blogspot.com

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  11. These are amazing, definitely like to see more! I'm planning on doing art classes again, been working on a few paintings at home for now! x

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  12. Nice jewelry love the designs. Looking forward for more beautiful post.

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  13. Beautiful pieces, I really love the circle ring! <3<3

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  14. oh wow they look grge x

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  15. wow you've done great work! I took a similar class offered by the local museum and you've inspired me to check one out here where I just moved.

    can't wait to see your other pieces

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  16. Beautiful, and what a unique hobby to pursue! Would love to see how the rest of your jewelry turns out.

    ajoyfuloccasion.wordpress.com

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  17. They look amazing!! x

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  18. Looks like a lot of fun! I've been looking into adult photography classes, tempted to start one at the end of the year - just need to get myself a dslr!

    Oh I mean photography for adults btw, not porn!

    xx

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  19. Those are amazing, you're very talented!

    xo Gillie

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  20. what a great class - i really love your ring!

    Chic on the Cheap

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  21. Wow well done! I love the bracelet and ring - they will hold great sentimental value in years to one :) x

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  22. I really like everything you've made, I'd love to see more!

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