Barlaston Herons WI unlock the secret of silver

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Have you ever wondered just how much work goes into making items out of silver?

Barlaston Herons WI had a wonderful evening finding out all the specialist skills required to make items such as jewellery and trinkets.

The evening was delivered by a fascinating lady, Penny. She shared her 47 years of experience in silversmithing with us. Her background as a teacher often inspired her designs, as did books, the Internet and nature.

The types of silver that silversmiths use include silver sheet, wire and tubes. Penny gave a fascinating insight into all the processes of silversmithing including cutting, shaping and creating patterns. The designs she displayed were amazing and so detailed. We soon realised the method of giving each finished piece a hallmark is a serious business. This is a legal procedure and is a record for the future.

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It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening and we all went away with gained knowledge and a renewed appreciation for all things silver.

 The next meeting is Wednesday 17th August 7.30pm at Barlaston Methodist Hall, ST12 9DP.

It will be a chance for everyone to share their crafting skills and to attempt something new. New members always welcome.