Forge an argentium sterling spoon
February 19, 2011 - February 21, 2011
Use a hammer to transform a straight piece of silver rod into an
elegant, hand-wrought teaspoon. Learn how to control a hammer, and
how to hammer effectively, minimizing fatigue. Experience how fluidly
metal can be moved; though stiffer than clay, metal can be stretched
and compressed into different forms.
Argentium Sterling Silver is more tarnish-resistant than traditional
sterling silver, as well as more malleable and ductile and
firescale-free. Annealing and finishing techniques for Argentium
Sterling will be demonstrated. After finishing, Argentium Silver can
be hardened in an oven or kiln.
If an arm needs a break, ideas will be offered for small forging
projects for jewelry or delicate handles for salt or coffee spoons.
Students will also learn how to re-finish an old, beat-up hammer.
This class is appropriate for students with basic metalsmithing
skills as well as advanced.