Two sterling silver pots

1 07 2015

I so liked the bronze ‘acorn’ pots made in an earlier post that I decided to try them or something like them in sterling silver, so I bought a sheet of 86x172x1.5mm sterling for just under £150, and sawed out two circles each of 42mm radius.

silver 'acorn' potAfter the usual initial raising with a doming hammer using a wooden block with a crude saucer-shaped depression, then swapping to a raising stake and a raising hammer, I got a respectable-looking egg-shaped pair of silver bowls. I flattened the bases so they would stand, then planished them at least half a dozen times, with annealing in between, to get them to the state in the photo. I retained the hammered finish by using a light burnish of the surface while I considered what to do next.


Two bronze ‘acorn’ pots

1 07 2015

I raised two small (50mm high) pots from 1.6mm bronze sheet, flattened the base of each on a cylindrical stake, then incurved the top quite sharply on a narrow iron stake.

Bronze 'acorn' pot

Bronze 'acorn' potI had originally intended them to have domed lids with stalks in the manner of a large acorn. But subsequently I found that I preferred to solder a collar made from a strip of the same bronze around the top to act as a kind of bezel for a lid, which latter I made from a domed and chased disc soldered to a band formed from 1mm bronze strip. The lower picture shows one of the pots more or less finished with an etched and domed 2p piece (soldered to a bronze band below) as lid. I highlighted the design with red enamel (the resin kind, not vitreous – too unreliable and not red enough in transparent).

This lid was one of three I made as test pieces; the second is pictured below (I chased a tri-spiral on a domed bronze circle), the third was a domed circle of bronze chased with bumps which I had hope would simulate the top of an acorn, but which in fact reminded me more of a jelly mould (not illustrated!)

Bronze 'acorn' pot

Bronze goblet with separate hammered and filed decorative bands

1 07 2015

The goblet was raised from a disc of 1.6mm bronze sheet. The base, originally domed, was flattened so it would stand upright and I hammer finished the rest of the surface. Then I soldered two 1mm round bronze wires round the top.

Bronze goblet with wire decorationThe next step was to saw a light separation line round near the base where the tapered cylindrical section gave way to the domed base part, and finally I filed all the patination marks away from the base and from the band within the two wires. These filed areas were then polished on a buff.

Two heavy hallmarked cylindrical silver boxes B

1 07 2015

I have now finished the two small heavy hallmarked silver boxes and sent them to their new owners. The right-hand box is in fine silver, the left-hand one in Britannia silver; both have domed lids with fine silver filigree wire decoration. In addition each box has two bands of fine silver filigree wire round the sides as in the pictures below and in an earlier post. I decided to do without the additional decoration I was contemplating (so no coloured stones).

Fine silver filigree circle decorationHallmarked silver round box with filigree lid and body decoration

Two heavy hallmarked silver boxes

9 01 2015

I have nearly finished two small but heavy hallmarked silver boxes. One box is in fine silver, the other in Britannia silver, both have domed lids with fine silver filigree wire decoration. In addition each box has two bands of fine silver filigree wire round the sides as in the picture below. They await final polishing, and addition of colour in some form; either enamel, or stone setting.

Hallmarked silver round box with filigree lid and body decoration

The picture below shows a single filigree unit used for the lid decoration, consisting of 3 ‘C’ shapes in 0.8mm fine silver wire, soldered with hard solder into a circle of the same wire.  This is followed by a picture of three of these units soldered together, again using hard solder.

Fine silver filigree circle decoration Fine silver filigree 3-circle decoration


Next follows two pictures of the domed silver tops with the filigree soldered in place using easy solder.  The second one (fine silver) has a red heart-shaped CZ stone in place awaiting setting.

Britannia silver domed lid with fine silver filigree decoration Fine silver domed lid with fine silver filigree decoration

Round brass box waiting on an idea

16 08 2014

The first picture is a side view of the box, about 40mm diameter, showing the domed top and base, and the two filigree bands round the sides (the colours are my mobile’s hilarious attempt at colour balancing, coupled with reflections). The second picture shows the top view, and the 1.5mm brass wire filigree decoration of spirals. I made the box of brass because I was tired of the rapid tarnishing of gilding metal. Polishing of the top using a conventional mop on a polishing motor was problematic, and I regard it as an unsolved problem for another day. Oh, and the idea the box is waiting on is ‘what to do about the domed base?’. I made a domed base on a whim, and now somewhat regret it. In the photo, it is shown resting on the usual inverted saucer with a central hole, which turns it into a sort of lidded goblet.

Brass round box with filigree lid decoration Brass round box with filigree lid decoration

The Britannia Silver version round box

15 06 2014

After the variously successful gilding metal versions, I decided to splash out £110 on 1.2mm Britannia silver sheet (for the outer barrel, dome and base) and 0.8mm sheet (for the inner bezel barrel). I had decided on probably two fine silver filigree bands as decoration. However the right-hand picture below shows the effect with an extra filigree band on the base, to exploit the fact that I had additional height in the inner bezel to exploit. But it is quite likely that I will roll some more filigree, in a much wider band, and use that for two bands as in the first picture. The box currently weighs about 140gm, and feels distinctly heavy (too heavy most likely, unless you are Royalty and used to such things). So if I make a future box, I will almost certainly scale the gauge down, or the size of the box up. In any case, there are a couple of unresolved issues; soldering of barrel to bezel without flooding the lower filigree ring, and removal of an unfortunate couple of deep scratches caused by being clumsy with a coarse file. And final sanding and polishing will likely highlight other defects!

Britannia silver box with filigree Britannia silver box with filigree