blacksmithing techniques for the silversmith

 

with Vincent Giannini

Blacksmithing Techniques for the Silversmith

Blacksmithing Techniques for the Silversmith: Do the Twist $85


Learn how to put those mysterious twists blacksmiths use in silver and copper wire. Plus apply the method for squaring round wire so it can be twisted. Make two pieces of jewelry: A single twist bracelet with 8 ga. round copper wire and a double twist bracelet with 6 ga. square sterling silver wire. Must have completed Beginning Silversmithing or equivalent.


Blacksmithing Techniques for the Silversmith: The Fishtail $85


Learn the fishtail taper and the flat taper with a shoulder. Plus apply the process of squaring round wire so it can be tapered. Make two pendants: One with 4 ga. round copper wire and another with 4 ga. square sterling silver wire. Must have completed Beginning Silversmithing or equivalent.


Blacksmithing Techniques for the Silversmith: The Square Wire Taper $185


Learn the square, round and diamond tapers. Make a diamond taper-tipped pendant with a scrolled round taper (a loop) using 4 ga. sterling silver wire. Must have completed Beginning Silversmithing or equivalent


Blacksmithing Techniques for the Silversmith: Dreamy Drifting $85


Learn how blacksmiths pierce metal and drift the holes with successively larger punches to enlarge the hole by bulging the metal. This technique retains metal mass and hence strength. Plus, it shapes the metal in interesting ways. The methods of cutting and piercing typically used by silversmiths cannot mimic drifting without a huge amount of additional work. Make a pendant using 22 ga. sterling silver sheet. Must have completed Beginning Silversmithing or equivalent.


Blacksmithing Techniques for the Silversmith: Forge Welding $85


Learn to use controlled heating with a torch to weld pieces of silver sheet together. Then learn how to use a mallet and a mandrel to expand a ring shape. Make a ring from 22 ga. sterling silver washers. Must have completed Beginning Silversmithing or equivalent.


Blacksmithing Techniques for the Silversmith: Forge Welding 2 $85


Learn to use controlled heating with a torch to weld pieces of silver wire together (and apply the process of squaring round wire so it can be welded). Make a woven bracelet from twisted wires using 12 ga. round and 6 ga. square wire. Must have completed Beginning Silversmithing or equivalent and Blacksmithing Techniques for the Silversmith: Do The Twist.

About your instructor

Vincent Giannini

punching & drifting