Silver Tableware

A simple and easy way to make an attractive salad set

These pieces should be made from 16 gauge silver^ sheet.

After the initials and the bowl are soldered onto the handle, the pieces can be hammered to restore some hardness. They are then filed and polished. If targe enough pieces of heavy silver are available, they may be cut from one piece and the bowls hammered into a dapping block instead of being soldered.

A contemporary salad set made with a cupped bowl soldered onto the handle

Small salad set

Ice tea spoon

Stamped salad set

Butterknife

Ham me red off an anvil and ^^ frequent!v annealed by heating it to a red heat and quenching.

When the*^^^ right thickness and shape are at-^jS tainsd the outline is traced S on the silver and sawed out.

arid skill, and the correcl ' I size and shape of the cast ^ slug, very little trimming should lie necessary.

Progressive steps in making a salt spoon. Made with a 5/8 inch disk of silver, domed, with ¡1 silver handle decorated and soldered on.

An old silver-plated fork that has been hammered flat to be used as a pattern ted fork-^l^^ 0

A variety of salt spoons m kAmni rJunw nknnt V^^Hhi

Forks made from heavy silver sheet, ^^ 16 gauge or heavier. The silver was ham rnored to make it hard before it was sawed out and filed. It was then bent to a comfortable shape over a bracelet mandrel and polished.

Spoon stakes for me in forming the bowl of the spoon

In about 1920 one of the Navajo silversmiths after making dozens of tiny salt spoons and being informed of their use, remarked, "The white man must eat an awful lot of salt!"

The successive steps in making a spoon from a VixVa x 4inch cast slug of silver

Two early American coin silver spoons circa 1780. They were — hammered from cast slugs.

Plates of 13 or 20 gauge silver sheet are cut slightly larger than the area they are to fit. Filing and polishing should bring them to exact size when finished.

The grip on Ihis Bauer

25 caliber automatic is made of a solid piece of stabilized Mexican turquoise.

A lost wax centrifugnlly cast grip inlaid with turquoise

TUti PIS TOI. GRIP

Care must be taken to moke openings to accommodate the release button anil the screw to bold the grip m place. Small silver washers can be made to build tip necessary thickness for strews.

The grip on Ihis Bauer

25 caliber automatic is made of a solid piece of stabilized Mexican turquoise.

These are only a few examples of what has been done to adorn the revolver or pistol with silver and turquoise grips.

Plates of 13 or 20 gauge silver sheet are cut slightly larger than the area they are to fit. Filing and polishing should bring them to exact size when finished.

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Pieces of IB ghuge strip silver, s inch wide, are bent to fit the outline of the original wooden grip. This forms a channel into which the turquoise ' mosaic is cemented with epoxyT

A lost wax centrifugnlly cast grip inlaid with turquoise

Silver handmade gops mfldo by hammering 18 gauge silver sheet over a form. They are undecorated and easy to construct.

Since most guns are hand finished, thtrrfi is usually a slight variation 111 the size of each gun tgripr even if the guns are mast produced.

This turquoise channel inlay grip has heavy silver sides and hack.

The checkering on the original walnut grip was carved out and a turquoise mosaic iniaid in its place.

An old Smith and Wesson with an early stamped grip'

Thnse guns were photographed on a portion of a painted buffalo robe.

The model should he placed. far.n up, on n board that fit the flask opening. (Two of tN'se boards wil! he ntiefied,, The model and board are dusted wltfi parting powder Sand is sifted on to the model until the surta« is covered

Addititipal sand t> dumped in and pressed firmly into place with the fingers or a dowel. When the fPiish is full, the excess sand is scraped off even with the surface of the flask. Small ventilation hotes Should be made by ramming verping wits through thfl sand, in many places, [ust touching the surface of the model. This is to lot air and steam escape when thfl molten metal is poured.

Venting wtra tools, made tflh 20 gauge lii.ino wire

The flask is rryjiy to hove the metal poured in after the two hnlves are firmly clamped to gether, Chafsilver is^ pour ad mil ihe metal" alio wed lA yool for a few mfnptes. The castintfiyiinioveiJ, Ctaibe« filed and *' finished.

Unc leaned casting, showing where vont holes were tilled with silver

The flask is then turned over and the model carefully removed. A ijatf? or pouring channel is cut m the Kind from the top of Ihe model to the pouring hole. The other hall of the flask is placed on a board ihat has been dusted with parting powder and filled with sand like the first flask. This forms the flat or bach half of the moid. This is turned over and the other half of the gate cut in the sand,

Modi!I far a cast bracelet

Cast silver bracelet, filed and cleaned

Cast bracelet bent ready to receive bezeVs and decoration

Finished bracelet

Each silver casting is filed arid <1 loop of t^angle or half round wire is soldered to the top, forming a pf.-ndunt. It is then darkened and polished.

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