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Friday, June 10th, 2011 | , , |
We recently received a commission for a silver sculpture with a nautical theme. We wanted to make something quite contemporary but using the more traditional silverrmithing techniques and finishes. The piece which is 20″ in height and 12″ in length is made from one single sheet of silver (except for the base) to minimise the number of soldering joints. The more times the silver is heated and soldered the more the metal will warp.
The curves of the piece are formed by gently annealing the silver which involves heating it to a particular temperature and then hand raising the metal over different shaped stakes. This labour intensive process is one of the of the most traditional silversmithing techniques. The piece is then finished by planishing the metal which involves hammering the surface with highly polished hammers. This process refines the surface after raising. We have also used planishing to give the piece a hammer marked finish which can be seen in the picture above.
The piece is also stamped with an Irish hallmark from the Assay office in Dublin. We send all our work there to have the metal tested and hallmarked. Ireland is one of eighteen countries in the world that has an authorised Assay office.
Finally taking this blogging seriously and getting our first post out there. We are manufacturing silversmiths and jewellers. What we are hoping to do with this blog is to give you a glimpse of some of the interesting commissions we get and how we do them.
There are three of us in the workshop: Chris Carroll, Jimmy Callanan and me, Eileen Moylan - All Silversmiths.
Hi, and welcome.
This is corksilver.com, the online presence for Sean Carroll & Sons Jewellers, of Rutland street, Cork (the workshop) and The East Village, Douglas, Cork (The shop) and Cork being in Ireland.
We are Corks longest surviving silversmiths.
On this Blog we’ll be letting you get to know us and what we do.