Silver Spoons in Six Simple Steps
In 2015 Hamilton & Inches was delighted to welcome friends from QEST (The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust) which has supported apprentices through the H&I Academy.
Chairman of The Royal Warrant Holders Association Charity Nick Farrow, and representative Karen Bennet, stepped into silversmith shoes for a day in the Hamilton & Inches workshops.
Technical Manager Jon Hunt and Silversmith David Ramsay put Karen and Nick through their paces, commencing the process by drafting conceptual silver spoon design sketches.
For the final Hamilton & Inches flourish, a small setting was soldered to the end of the handle and an amethyst set, before being given to the polisher to bring it to life.
“The day was great fun. It was unusual for us to spend only a few minutes sketching a concept design and then making the piece straight away, as usually the design process is a lot more time consuming. It was also great to have such a good laugh with Karen and Nick when making the piece. Novices sometimes have a novel approach to production!" – Jon Hunt, Technical Manager
Six simple steps to your silver spoon:
Step 1 – Pierce the bowl shape from sheet silver
Step 2 – Stamp the bowl using a shaped former
Step 3 – Forge the handle using rectangular wire
Step 4 – Polish and hammer for a planished finish
Step 5 – File the handle, fitting it to the spoon bowl
Step 6 – Solder the bowl and handle together, file, sand, polish – admire!