I may need to make some sterling silver salt and pepper shakers,
which is something I have never made before. Unfortunately my
decades at the bench have been more narrowly confined to jewelry
making, with a sculptural object thrown in every few years. So I’m
wondering if the collective brain of Orchid has any suggestions on
how to proceed. I do have a hydraulic press available to form the
container and cap. I’m wondering if I should try to thread the
somewhat large caps, so they screw onto the container? I’ve threaded
things that are post and ear nut size, but these might be 1/2 an
inch in diameter. When I’ve looked at others they have big fat
threads that looked stamped in? I’m not sure how to do that. I was
thinking of making a hinge and clasp as a way to solve that problem
and add an interesting design detail? I could just put in a rubber
plug at the base, but that sorta seems like it might be cheating?
Also, is there some rule of thumb about how many holes for each or
what size the holes should be? I mean are there typically fewer and
smaller holes in a salt shaker?
I feel like such an idiot, I’ve been using salt and pepper shakers
my whole life and I’ve never have paid much attention to them! In
fact I went out for breakfast this morning and didn’t even look! All
of the I need has probably passed right through my hands
unnoticed. Any insights or thoughts (or even poems) about salt and
pepper shakers will be very much appreciated!