I’m not going to let it happen. I’m not. Really. OK, I know it looks likely from here, but frankly, no. I love my glass, I love my wool, I love my only-slightly-poisonous dyestuffs. But that’s where I draw the line.
So the silversmithing course I started last week will be a mere dilettante dabbling. Just a matter of learning a new technique I can combine with the glasswork, and moving swiftly along. Without spending vast amounts of money on precious metals. Just so we’re quite clear on that. I wouldn’t want anyone worrying.
This is what I made, though. A simple silver ring, with a few textural embellishments. That’s what the dark score-marks are. (Yes, they are deliberate.) Also, the piece is lightly hammered, which isn’t at all obvious from the picture, but does catch the light very nicely. You’ll have to trust me on that one. Please note, moreover, that the object you see before you is actually round. I know it’s a ring. I know that generally implies that it might be round. But it does bear stating: trust me on this one too.
For my next trick I’m going to try making a bracelet, or a bangle (I’m not sure which: I think there may be a difference). I’m pretty proud of my new-found moderate behavior. I could have made it in silver. It would have taken about £20-worth of silver, and given that I am about to screw this project up royally (through a well-practiced combination of overarching ambition and utter lack of technical proficiency), I rather sensibly – and unusually – demurred, and decided to work in copper, for a cost of around £2 instead. There will probably be some silver, but it will be an accent. And there will definitely be less than £20 of it.