Making Silver Earrings

Today I’ve been working on a pair of silver hoop style earrings. I could lie and say they are for a customer but the truth is I’ve decided to give myself a little Friday treat!  This isn’t a regular occurrence…honestly!

I begin this job just like I would for any customer with sketching. I had a few ideas of what I wanted but there’s nothing like seeing it on paper to help me make my mind up.

Sketching Silver Earrings

I’ve decided to go with the middle design and alter the curve as I’m making them if necessary.

I begin by getting the silver wire the correct thickness. This just requires a few runs through my roller.

Reducing size of silver wire using rolling mill

Then I cut the lengths of wire and begin curving. I have my lovely glittery pink half round pliers for this job. I usually wouldn’t use a pliers for this job but the silver has been well annealed this pliers has extra special soft curves so it won’t mark my pretty earrings.

Making Silver Earrings

Adjusting the curve of silver earrings

Then I need to decide how much of a curve I want before I begin soldering. I just tape the wires together and see what looks best on me!

Checking curve of silver earrings

Once I’ve decided on the depth of the curve I can start soldering the wires together.

Soldering Silver Earrings

Well I had better get back to ‘real’ customers jobs…will post the finished product next week.

Have a good weekend.

Fit For Purpose

Britannia Silver Vessel

While I get to see lots of exhibitions worldwide through various blogs and websites every now and then an exhibition comes along that I really want to see in the flesh. This is the case with the Contemporary British Silversmiths current exhibition ‘Fit for Purpose’ which in on show in the V & A until the 16th September. Already I’m trying to think of excuses to take a trip to London!

What I love about this show is the diversity of the work. Each silversmiths explores the theme fit for purpose producing an imaginative interpretation of the exhibition title. The function of each object is explored both practically and conceptually and the finished piece is described by its purpose.  For example the piece by Kevin Gray above is titled ‘…to possess’.  I love this element of the exhibition which is very telling of how the maker would like their work to be used and enjoyed.

Silver Spoon

 

If you happen to be in London and see the exhibition I would love to hear what you think, hopefully I might make it there myself during the summer 🙂

Sketching with Metal

Copper and Oval Stone ring design

Sketch in Metal not a finished piece

This week I’m working on a commission piece in silver set with a large oval cut emerald. I’m still in the early days of design but I decided to post some early photos of the work so you can see how it changes through the design and making process.

As you will know I love to sketch but sometimes acutally working out the design directly in metal can be more benificial. This is one of those times! The sketches just weren’t giving me a sense of how the form would flow when translated to metal.

So I cut out some copper and using a cheap oval stone I started to play around with the design. Once I have the rough design worked out in metal it’s back to the sketch pad to refine these ideas and work out dimensions.

Here are a few photos of the rough sketches in metal.

Copper and Oval stone ring Design

Sketch in Metal not a finished piece

Copper and Oval stone ring design

Sketch in Metal not a finished piece