The week... we started our first 8 week blocks

Welcome back all and I hope you are having a lovely weekend!

Last Sunday we missed our weekly blog due to our silversmith Megan exhibiting at Elements - a festival of jewellery, silver and gold in Edinburgh, but we are back this week to share what we have been up to at The Smiddy.

This week we welcomed our first groups of particiants in our 8 week programmes at The Smiddy, including introduction to silversmithing, introduction to jewellery making and intermediate jewellery making.

In our introduction to silversmithing class, we started off by teaching our students the traditional technique of raising. Starting off with a copper sheet, we spent our first three hour class making great progress on a small copper vessel.

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We also started our first intermediate level course to those who have previous experience in jewellery making and we started off by getting use out of our lovely new rolling mill, by learning how to recycle our scrap silver and inlaying other metals into the new silver sheet.

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Finally for the week, on Friday evening we taught a lovely group how to make a silver ring and make silver granulation in our first beginner class for the term.

This week we will be introducing some of the Banff Academy art & design pupils to The Smiddy in our first session for the Meet Your Maker programme. We can’t wait to share how it goes in next weeks blog.

See you next week!

The Smiddy Silversmith