Silversmithing Tips For Beginners

Silversmithing is a craft that takes some time to learn. Stunning piece of silver jewelry found in the shop has been worked on with skills. There are ways in which silversmiths create items that are fabulous. They involve some tips, techniques, and tools that can lead to quality silversmithing.

 

 

 

Some of the basic Silversmithing Tips For Beginners include:

 

Pickling.

 

This is one of the tips for beginners in basic silversmithing. It involves putting on a fire stained piece of work in a bath that is acidic to get rid of oxidization before doing some job on it. In most cases, the beginners use, although pickling salts that are safer can be bought for the beginners’ silversmithing. To make the process fast the pickling solution is kept when it is warm and when satisfactory results are gotten the piece is rinsed in water that is running, then cleaned with pumice powder to remove all traces.

 

Shaping.

 

The work will need to be shaped into its finished form. It is carried out in various ways, dependent on the desired shape. Tubular shapes like rings and bangles are shaped on mandrels that are put in a vice, while the annealed metal is hammered together with a mallet of wood.

 

Polishing.

 

Polishing is the last tip used by any beginner silversmith on their piece once the forming work is completed. It is a long process, where a bit is rubbed with progressively papers which are finer, wet and dry to remove any tool marks from working, and then remove marks left by the previous article used. When it is completed, it can then be wheel polished, with an excellent polishing mop on a pendant drill, where it is immersed in a soap solution with steel shot and rotated for 10 minutes or so. The result should be smooth and shiny and free of all tool marks.

 

The above are the basic tips for beginners of silversmithing. In the time of learning the art of silversmithing, it is advisable to do work in a base metal such as brass until you have finished level of proficiency, as it’s cheaper when you make mistakes. Design a simple piece on paper, at full finished size. This template is then cut out and glued onto the metal to be worked as a guide.