Silversmithing is an exciting and developing craft, which combines traditional techniques with contemporary design and technology. This practical book introduces the craft with a guide to the workshop and its tools, then emphasises the importance of drawing and design before explaining key techniques and showing how they can be used in clearly illustrated projects. By keeping the individual pieces small, it explains a range of skills that can be developed and combined to make more adventurous items. It discusses transforming silver sheets or rods into three-dimensional shapes using sinking, raising and forging techniques. It teaches how to silver solder and attach handles to the rounded body of a bowl and create well-fitting seams. Nine projects illustrate the techniques in use and include making spoons, round boxes, hinged lids, drinker beakers and candlesticks.
Small-Scale Silversmithing by F J Whitelaw
About the author
F J Whitelaw has been a practising silversmith for over 25 years. She combines traditional silversmithing techniques with contemporary design to create exquisite collections of domestic silver, which may be ornamental or functional. As well as her work as a leading silversmith, Francis has taught three-dimensional design, jewellery making and small metalwork for many years.
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