The month... we finished our second 'Make in Metal' programme

Hello everyone!

Welcome back to The Smiddy blog, we have recently finished up on our second ‘Make in Metal’ programme. The classes are part of a funded project which allows us to offer a number of free 4 week courses for 16-25 year old’s within the Banff area. The blocks we have completed so far have included an introduction to silversmithing, where we saw the students make their own bespoke silver spoon and bowl from scratch. The second block introduced the students to jewellery making, where they learned how to make a silver ring, etch a silver pendant and learned how to set a stone into jewellery.

The experience has been fantastic and it has been a pleasure to see the creativity within these young people, as well as their energy and positive attitude to learning new skills which has been so refreshing. At Vanilla Ink, we strongly believe that making has the power to give individuals a huge sense of achievement and we are so pleased to be able to offer these courses at The Smiddy to students as a place to experiment, explore and express themselves, and of course learn new skills!

Have a look at some of the pieces the students have been working on during their time here...

One of our students cleaning up the solder join of their handcrafted silver spoon.

One of our students cleaning up the solder join of their handcrafted silver spoon.

One silver spoon inspired by the students pet, we love how creative these young people have been during this session.

One silver spoon inspired by the students pet, we love how creative these young people have been during this session.

Three students with their silver spoons, all inspired by different animals - a bear, a cat and a dog.

Three students with their silver spoons, all inspired by different animals - a bear, a cat and a dog.

Soldering on a base to their silver bowl.

Soldering on a base to their silver bowl.

Hand stamped quote around the top of this students raised silver bowl.

Hand stamped quote around the top of this students raised silver bowl.

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Silver ring with a cabochon stone set in the centre.

Silver ring with a cabochon stone set in the centre.

Selection of pieces made by one students during their 4 week jewellery making block. Silver ring, etched pendants and a stone set pendant.

Selection of pieces made by one students during their 4 week jewellery making block. Silver ring, etched pendants and a stone set pendant.

Polishing a silver ring

Polishing a silver ring