Make a silver pickle fork with Abigail Brown


Ref: S1D11595

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About this course

Experience hand forging sterling silver using hammers. One piece of metal is transformed from a rectangle sheet into a fork, with a handle that is long and thin or short and fat. Take control of the metal and produce a silver fork, a unique special gift, a family heirloom.

Course Description

During this one day course you will have the opportunity to sample hammering skills for silversmithing.

Learn methods for creating and finishing a fork from sheet metal using techniques such as forging, shaping, planishing and texturing.

You will gain experience of hand forging sterling silver using hammers. One piece of metal is transformed from a rectangle into a spoon/fork with a handle that could be long and thin or short and fat, twisted or curled according to your own design.

You will receive instruction and support in a friendly and creative atmosphere and techniques are taught through practical demonstrations with the emphasis on encouraging students to have a go and to develop their skills.

Please note: Hammering metal all day requires a level of physical fitness and strength in your arms.


Timetable for one day courses

Students should arrive by 9am for registration.

Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm

Lunch is included.

Course Materials


  • On this course the College will supply all of the materials including silver.

What students need to bring

  • An apron or overall
  • Sensible footwear
  • Notebook / sketchbook and pen

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • General art materials
  • Silver sheet and wire
  • Tools
Wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear (not sandals).


Abigail Brown

Abigail Brown has been producing contemporary designs in silverware since graduating from Loughborough University School of Art & Design in 2001. Her work has been exhibited internationally and is widely collected.

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