donderdag 3 november 2016

Silver workshop


 Last year I've started my first Silver workshop. Which in fact was ' quite easy' since it didn't involve any silver! We where supposed to design our own bowl and cover. It meant turning a wax model of the bowl and tight fitted lid. And already work out parts of the design in the wax model. But since the wax model is very fragile we couldn't make all parts of the design at this stage. I finally achieved this bowl and when I was working on the inside of the bowl I completly ruined it, in a split second half of the bowl was gone!


So I had to start all over, but this time I knew how the lathe worked and how you can achieve the shape of your wax model so the second bowl was made in far more less time. 


After that we've turned the lid and all the pieces went home with Jens so he could get them casted in silver for the next workshop which was this October.

 

A lot of sanding and refining the pattern on the bowl and lid was the first step and get rid of the casting seams. Create screw-tread for the handle part. We also needed to solder the parts on the bowl for the handles and hinges. But there was a problem with the burners but eventualy that could be fixed and due to the time pressure Jens did that job for us during the last day.



The workshop was very interesting and I've learned a lot of new skills and discovered that working with Silver isn't scary but a lot of fun! 
And this is how it looks when it stands on the dining table.



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  1. Oh what a beautiful bowl! I would love to see more pictures of your room too! It looks lovely! It is great to learn that the silver classes are not too hard! Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Thank you! I can't show you more pictures of the room since I haven't started on that one I just put the wallpaper in place for the picture ;-)

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  2. beautiful workmanship and photos! Keep up the good work.

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  3. What fun! You did a beautiful job on every part of it. I love the design you added to the finished top and sides of the pieces.

    I have a question. Did you use a nylon stocking to sand off the marks that are made by the wax cutting tool? This is the way I remove those marks when I turn wax on a lathe. Just curious how Jens does it.

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    1. Hi Catherine thank you fro your kind words! NO I didn't use them we worked with carvers and files since the wax is very hard.

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    2. I know that. I have been using it since 1980.

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  4. You did a beautiful job Jeffry, the bowl is lovely. I love the hinges on the handles =0)

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    1. Thank you Pepper, that was a very delicate job to do but Jens told us how to do it.

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  5. The bowl is gorgeous! Amazing work!
    Hugs, Drora

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  6. Magnifique travail, c'est une merveille!

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  7. Extremely impressive! What an amazing feeling of achievement for you to produce something like that. Well done!

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    1. Thank you Shannon, it was my first reall silver workshop so with a good teacher a lot is possible to achieve!

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    1. Gracias también por que un buen fin de semana para todo el mundo

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  9. Bjoedifoel! Maar dat wist ik al ;-)

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    1. Thank you Josje for these kind words.
      I really enjoyed my first decent, or should I say complicated, workshop!

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  10. OMG your tureen turned out perfectly, I have often dreamed of doing some silver-smithing but no teachers here. Also I might be 'all thumbs' lol.

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  11. Thank you Margaret! But are there 'fullsize' Silver-smith classes in your neigbourhood?
    They might help you create a miniature of your own...!!

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  12. Wow! This is just Stunning! And I Love your whole dining room.... the glimpse of the chairs and the walls too! You have made a gorgeous piece!

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