Hand Raising Workshop

I’ve only just gotten a chance to sort out my photos from the workshop I attended in Birmingham. I took lots of photos of all the different processes we used during the week. I think this set of pictures illustrates best the various stages of hand raising and will hopefully give you an appreciation for how slow a job it can be!

When practising hand raising we began with a flat disc of gilding metal. This was marked with a series of circles which we would use as a guide when hammering.  Then using our raising hammer and stake we began hammering from the inner most circle.

Silversmiths Raising Stake

Hand Raising Bowl

Hand Raising Bowl

Hand Raising Bowl

Hand Raising Bowl

 

Hand Raising Bowl

Hand Raising Bowl

 

Hand Raising Bowl

 

Hand Raising Bowl

Hand Raising Bowl

As the metal moves up the form starts to develop. I played around with the angles and curves of the bowl and brought it to this stage. I’ll post more photos when I have completed the finished piece.

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