Silversmiths saw or cut specific shapes from sterling and fine silver sheet metal and bar stock, (and from gold, brass and copper) and then use hammers to form the metal over anvils and stakes. Silver is hammered cold (at room temperature). As the metal is hammered, bent, and worked, it ‘work-hardens’. Annealing is the heat-treatment used to make the metal soft again.
Silversmiths can use casting techniques to create knobs, handles and feet for the hollowware they are making.After forming and casting, the various pieces may be assembled by soldering and riveting – Wikipedia “Silversmith”
I like to a use a variety of metals in my work. The combinations of silver, brass, bronze, copper, and gold add interesting colours and textures to the work. They also require greater skill because of the different melting temperatures and handling. – Larry Knox.
The following work are examples of my one-of-a-kind pieces.