The challenge set by my husband continues! (Click here to read last weeks blog about this if you have no idea what I'm on about!)
The technique I used last week to get to the this.......
.....is called hollowing or sinking.....hammering in a circular pattern from the centre and moving outwards, causing the silver to sink down.
To bring those edges up further and go from a dish to and egg cup, I needed to learn anther technique called raising. This is the opposite to sinking although it looks like you're doing the exact same thing! Raising brings up the sides by hammering the outside this time and forming it on a stake. Hollowing, or sinking, was done with a wooden pear shaped hammer, raising is done with a metal hammer with a rectangular face with rounded edges.
It's not easy holding something this small! I really enjoyed this part, it happens so quickly. It looks like I've ruined it at this point! You can see from the picture above though that the diameter of the silver is getting smaller, working from the bottom up, and therefore gets taller too.
Now that looks more like an egg cup! I love the texture from all those hammer blows but I need to smooth them out. Next new technique is planishing! A planishing hammer has a flat face and again, working in a circular motion from the centre of the base, these light taps of the hammer gently smooths the silver, each one overlapping the one before.
I now need to decide on the base, finish smoothing and polishing the silver and it'll be finished! More next week!