I’ve blinked and it’s suddenly November – where does the time go?
Until yesterday, I had 3 new crafts left to try to get to my 12 in 12 months, but now thats 2, after I spent the morning silver smithing!
Yep, I went and learnt how to make a ring.
Firstly there’s the measuring….. pretty tricky, as you need to be spot on, otherwise the ring is too big / small, mm make a huge difference!
Then there’s was the piercing (sawing / cutting to us untrained), to get the ring the correct size.
I managed it – after a few false starts! Trying to saw vertically, and hold a bit of silver that was wobbling was a little tricky!
Then I had to file the ends, to make sure it was straight so the soldering would work.
Then bending the ring around a “form” making one edge flat (on a round) thing was pretty tricky too.
Cleaning with flux, and soldering was next.
This took a long time!
Then it was onto texturing….. also known as bashing it with a hammer! This can also stretch the silver, so a lot of trying on was needed Finally polishing and Ta dah………
2 and bit hours later, and I have a tiny weeny little ring for my little finger.
I really enjoyed this workshop. Not sure I’m one for the tiny details, and the specificity needed, but I’m going to do another workshop, maybe a textured one next time.