I’m developing a new skill – filigree work. I thought it looked easy – but……
However, I think I’m getting the hang of it. Here are a couple of examples that will be in the shop shortly.
Serious stamp collectors like to know whether the stamp is printed on chalky paper or not. I’m told the only accepted way is to make a mark on the perforation with a piece of pure silver. I was asked to make a tester and here it is ( with the help of my wood turner friend).
This particular handle is bubinga wood.
Now Christmas has passed and the gifts have been given, here are some of the commissions I’ve made recently.
Here is a working model steam engine made by my brother. It’s about 8 inches long. His skills are impressive and totally different to mine.
It has yet to be painted, but somehow that will hide the workmanship.
A recent commission was this daffodil brooch
For scale – across the petals is about 20mm and the pin is about 50 mm. The pin is stainless steel for strength, but the flower and pin protector are sterling. It is not assayed as it only weighs about 3 grams.
The next development will making more and gold plating the trumpet.
I’ve been silversmithing for years and I’ve a photograph of practically everything I’ve made. I’ve just passed a milestone – kilometer stone would be better. Since I started tracking my work on a database, each photo of a design or variant has a unique number. I’ve just passed number 1000! – it has taken me 30+ years though.
Here’s number 1
And here’s number 1000
The next target is the number of discrete items made – rapidly approaching 2000.
A shallow silver dish about 100 mm (four inches) in diameter and weighing about 65 grams. There is plenty of space for engraving.
I’ve a pair of shark’s tooth cufflinks back in stock. (Dfferent teeth – probably not the same shark so each cufflink is silver copy of a fossilised shark’s tooth – I think the apostrophe is in the right place)
I’ve made wishbones as an ornament/ good luck gift for some time. These have been either cast from a real wishbone or fabricated from wire
I’ve now made a tiny version as a necklet – just 25 mm long.
A pair of simple candlesticks. The sapele bases were made by my friend Richard Shock. The base is 90 mm in diameter so these are quite petite.
I now have a belt buckle back in the shop
Also Roman coin cufflinks
And a new line – cufflinks with silver 3d – threepenny – bits
An idea stemming from a chance comment. This is a silver version of what may be known as a blanket or kilt or nappy safety pin.
This one has a silver heart attached which may be engraved with the recipient’s name. It is about 6 cm long and is available from my shop.
I’ve mastered a feature of my shopping cart to allow items under £29 to be sent by recorded delivery rather than special delivery – reducing the postage costs from £6.50 to £3. The shopping cart sorts this out.
I’ve just added my new range of jewellery based on press formed hearts to my website. The range includes earrings, pendants, necklaces and earrings.
The various ites can be found by looking at earrings etc or the whole range is at www.jhsilvershop.co.uk/Themes/Hearts/Hearts.html
When N & P got married, I was asked to make a gift for them which were a pair of napkin rings which interlocked. So far so good – I’ve done that before. When child C came along, I was commissioned to make a further napkin ring. The easy choice is to add it on to the side, but isn’t it better to put the child between the parents?
I’ve made three – one has been sold and one will go in each of my Artweek shows and then later in May onto the website. These are an improved design and manufacturing process, but they are still all slightly different. The size is just over 6 cm across the wings.
The recipient of a pair of earrings made by me lost one. Fortunately, she kept the presentation wallet with my website address on it and got in touch.
She sent me the existing one and using that as a model was able to make her a replacement – so she’s happy again. One advantage of buying from me!
I have converted a single earrings to necklets before now. This is often a good solution if the earrings had sentimental value.
Some of you will have seen my sets of postcards with the red backgrounds, each showing a different selection of my work. You can see the cards if you put ‘John Huddleston Silver’ into Google and then click on ‘Photos’.
However, I’ve just designed and had printed a flyer with some of my newer work. Here are two low-res images and a link to a pdf version. Don’t forget it is letter folded in hardcopy.
If you want a paper copy just let me know!
Currently just ‘News’ or ‘New work’, but hopefully this will help using ‘search’.
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.