Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Silversmithing (pt4)

Well the box is finally finished, all that remained to do was filing all the surfaces to remove fire stain (copper that moves to the surface of the silver during heating, Sterling silver is 925 parts silver, 75 part copper) and sanding with fine grades of wet and dry paper. I di not use a polishing wheel as this would have rounded off the edge  causing the loss of the nice sharp look.

The box will now be sent off to be hallmarked in Birmingham. The raw materials to make it cost about £130 so I imagine if I were going to sell it (I am not!) it would be at least £400 given that 25 hrs work went into it.

I would recommend the course to anyone, our tutor Linda Robertson was fantastic, really patient and as you can see from her website really talented. Central St Martins is also an amazing place to do the course, the facilities are absolutely first rate. It also helped to be in such a great class everyone was so friendly and we all helped each other out.


  1. It looks very little for such a lot of money. Good that you enjoyed making it.

  2. Hi Esther, long time no speak. It is a lot, but it was a lot of work. I went to the Goldsmiths fair in London and similar were selling at £1000 to £2000 I was staggered!