Silversmithing

General silversmithing with an emphasis on box making with John Norgate

Ref: SWE09187

Suitable for all

£260.00
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About this course


Explore the traditional techniques of raising, forging, sinking, box making, soldering and finishing. Advanced makers can concentrate on hinges and joints.

Course Description

This course aims to introduce you to metal forming by raising, forging and scoring hollow work, flatware or boxes. Those with more experience have the opportunity to develop these skills further.

You will learn a range of techniques through demonstration and individual tuition.

This course is primarily focused on box making techniques, forming over a pre-shaped former, scored and formed, assembly of pre-formed sides and press forming. Estimating of materials, the properties of metals, use of necessary tools, use of gas torch for annealing and soldering and procedures for metal finishing will be covered.

Beginners should be able to accomplish a simple hinged box. Advance students develop their skills further.

Materials available to work with - silver, gilding metal and copper.

Timetable

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, 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

What students need to bring

  • Sketch book with a range of possible ideas
  • 8" 2nd cut pillar file (may be borrowed from the College)
  • 8" 2nd cut ½ round (may be borrowed from the College)
  • Enclosed toe footwear (essential)

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • 0.9mm (G12) Sterling Silver sheet (anyone requiring more than 156.25 sq cms (25 sq ins) should obtain it from a bullion supplier)
  • 3mm square wire Sterling Silver
  • 4.75mm joint tube 1.25mm inside diameter
  • 3.15mm joint tube 1.5mm inside diameter
  • Tools (some tools are available for hire from the College)
  • Pencils and drawing materials
  • Piercing saw blades
  • 3mm square wire Sterling Silver
  • 4.75mm joint tube 1.25mm inside diameter
  • 3.15mm joint tube 1.5mm inside diameter
  • Tools (some tools are available for hire from the College)
  • Pencils and drawing materials
  • Piercing saw blades

Recommended bullion suppliers: Argex Ltd, Metalor Ltd, Exchange Findings Ltd, Bloomsteins. Note: Some bullion suppliers have minimum order levels (e.g. £25). Ask for your requirements to be checked against this before placing an order.

Tutors

John Norgate

John Norgate a Fellow of the Institute of Professional Goldsmiths. Trained at Aspreys and Sir John Cass where he also taught for many years. In 2010 he was a gold and silver award winner at Goldsmiths for craftsmanship and design.

Accommodation

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

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