The UK assay date letter this year, 2019, is ‘U’
I’ve added this picture to my list of date letters here.
This is an example of my featured hallmark bracelet witht the new letter
Available from my shop.
These were a special order as a gift. Though the ingot looks much the same as my other ingots, it is slightly larger and thicker so that it is twice the weight of my normal ingots.
I’ve just delivered a sterling silver ferrule for a customer’s walking stick. Here is a photo my customer took having fitted the ferrule.
“It’s a lovely fit and has reallly finished the cane off – it looks great”
Everyone needs silver clothes pegs! Mine are solid silver with a silver spring, which doesn’t have much tension. They are great as ornaments or maybe paperweights, but not fit for the washing line!
Available from the shop where there are other options available too.
I’ve just made three silver buckles for leather belts – two were comissions, but one is available in the shop. this image is of one of the commissions with a heavy duty black English leather belt.
The buckles were cast into a cuttlefish bone which was treated to bring out the bone structure and the delicate pattern seen here.
I made this for me as I wanted to move on from the style of copper/ silver bracelet that I’ve been wearing for some years now.
This has silver, copper and brass links to give an interesting variation of colour. Because I’m hamfisted, I’ve made a matching toggle and loop clasp which even I can operated quickly. Unfortunately it doesn’t stay this shiny for long. Maybe I should make a red/white/yellow gold version!
A bespoke cat brooch – required to be like a treasured but lost brooch without a picture. After several discussions and an intermediate visit, this is the result.
The owner is very happy.
Within thanks to Amanda, who I met at Art in the Barn, here is a delft clay cast of a eucalyptus seed which has a fascinating five fold symmetry. It’s about 20mm diameter and weighs 12g.
I have had photographs of my work taken by Agness Lugovska. These are much more artistic than the ones I produce myself. You can see them at www.jhsilver.co.uk/Library-photos.html
These spoons are back from the Assay Office where they have been carefully marked in the bowl. They need finishing – final checks and a full polish, then they will be made available shortly in my website shop.
I’ve developed a 45-60 minute talk about silver suitable for local groups. I cover sources, uses, price, hallmarking, how to make silverware and how to care for it.
I’ve given the talk in Radley a couple of times and it seems to go down well.
I shall be giving the talk to the Stonesfield WI tonight and to the Wantage Probus club in October.
Keum (or Kum) Boo is a process for affixing fine gold foil onto fine silver for decoration. See on my main website for more detail at this page. Up until now , I have fused the gold onto fine silver, but i’ve just tried successfully to put foil on sterling silver by depletion silvering. To pretreat the sterling sheet, I did the heat / acid/ heat / acid cycle seven times, but the end result is good. I am pleased with the result and will do more.
New for me anyway – simple clean style suitable for fingers, thumbs and toes. Watch for pictures on my main site soon.
I’ve just had back from the London Assay Office, two ingots with the Diamond Jubilee mark and hallmarked for next year i.e. ‘n’ not ‘m’. These are trade samples and cannot be sold this year. I’ll load a picture soon.
I would do it now but my Seagate Goflex home network hard drive is not working properly on any of our machines and I’m waiting for the third attempt at a solution from Seagate’s customer support. Not buying another one from them!
My blog is really a convenient way of showing my latest work. This includes commissions where appropriate and speculative work. I try to give links where the piece is available in my shop.
Occasionally there’s some news too.