Silversmithing – hammer forms on cylinders with Grant McCaig


Ref: SLW11686

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About this course

This course is aimed at those interested in small-working, developing silversmithing skills or simply interested in challenging existing jewellery skills by working on a larger scale.

Course Description

This course will introduce you to seaming; a fundamental silversmithing skill, which allows you to create simple shallow or deep, cylindrical forms from flat sheet. In this course you will learn how to calculate your metal needs for your cylinder, explore and practice the best ways to form up the cylindrical form from flat sheet and take control of large scale soldering. From these basic cylindrical forms, the possible outcomes are many and varied. Using hammering techniques, you will explore ways to shape and create form through practical workshop based sessions.

You will be encouraged to practise and explore the potential of the techniques shown before commencing work on your own design. Come prepared with a design or take a more organic approach and allow the practice days to inform your final design.


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops until 9pm, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials


  • On this course the College will supply most of the materials: a range of silver solders 15cm each and 400 x 300 mm 0.9 copper or gilding metal square.

What students need to bring

  • Sketchbook
  • Apron
  • Rag or old towel for drying

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Silver can be purchased from the College Shop which stocks a range of sheet, wire, rod, tube and findings. These will be available in set sizes and lengths suitable for a wide range of projects.
The course fee includes the cost of providing the copper required for the specific project set by the tutor. Please note that if there is a dramatic change in the price of metal, there may be an extra charge (or refund if the price goes down!). Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear i.e. no open-toes or sandals.


Grant McCaig

Subject Leader

Grant McCaig is an internationally recognised Silversmith and educator. His work is in several major collections including National Museums of Scotland, the Goldsmiths' Company, Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery and Aberdeen Art Gallery. He has taught in Japan and Colombia, is a selector for Cockpit Arts and mentor for the Crafts Council.


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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