The week... we made our first Banff spoons

Hello everyone and welcome to The Smiddy’s shiny new blog! We hope to share the happenings in our workshop of the week each Sunday to keep you in the loop and share some behind the scenes from The Smiddy, Banff. So here we go…

What a great second week we have had, from starting off the weeks workshops with casting silver into a pasta to finishing off the week by teaching our first ‘Make a Silver Spoon’ class, which saw the first set of silver spoons made in over 200 years in Banff. I know, you are probably thinking – how on earth do you cast silver with pasta (see image below)

Ready to pour!

Ready to pour!

Our first class for the week, water casting, on Tuesday allowed our students to melt silver in a crucible and simply – pour the molten metal into a bucket of cold water. This technique actually creates the most lovely unexpected creations, which are all completely unique. Once cast, our participants combined pieces they had cast in order to create a pendant, which involved learning some basic soldering techniques to attach pieces together and add a jump ring. This turned into an experiment where we ended up pouring the molten silver into a bundle of dried spaghetti (inside a cup of water).

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Next up, on Thursday we hosted our first Scrap – Recycle – Reuse class, which showed students how to bring in their old scrap back to life by creating something beautiful from old offcuts and silver filings. This included learning how to open cast on a charcoal block and creating your own sheet, to using delft clay to make a new creation with their scrap silver, learning wax carving in the process to form a design to be cast. We loved seeing how our students used their new casting skills to come up with a range of samples and finished pieces from unused scrap.

Examples of sand casting, water casting and pasta casting.

Examples of sand casting, water casting and pasta casting.

 Up last for the week, this Saturday, The Smiddy ran its first ‘Make a Silver Spoon’ class where five students learned how to create their own designed silver spoon from scratch starting off with a piece of sheet silver and a square wire. I think it was safe to say everyone had a fantastic day learning some traditional and contemporary spoon making techniques that were used to construct 5 stunning new pieces of Banff silver.

One of our participants said “It does not matter if you are a complete beginner, you will soon get stuck in. I could tell that everyone in my class had a great day out”.

Our first Banff spoons made at The Smiddy

Our first Banff spoons made at The Smiddy

Thank you to everyone who has come along to our workshops so far, showed their support and welcomed us into the community!

See you next week!

The Smiddy Silversmith :)