Silver spoons in six simple steps

Silver spoons in six simple steps

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!