Our Studio > Silver Techniques
Metal can be engraved either by hand, by machine, or by a combination of both. We engrave all of our pieces by hand, with the aid of a pneumatic system. Hand engraving allows for small and much more refined details.
When done by hand, silversmiths have to use a lot of pressure in order to remove the silver they are engraving, a process requiring much effort.
A pneumatic system assists by applying pressurized air, easing the effort of removing the silver while engraving.
Hammering is a technique used to finish the surface of a piece.
For a smooth finish, polishing or buffing is employed, using a specialized work wheel with an abrasive.
The hammered look is achieved by using various special hammers, depending on the desired design.
Carving & Casting
One of the most common techniques for creating carved designs is the “lost- wax” technique.
The first model is carved in wax and a mold is formed over it. The mold is then heated and drained of the wax, leaving a hollow space. The following step consists of making a metal or rubber model, which will be used for casting the metal for the piece.
Inlay is a technique used for inserting one material or decoration into another material while the surface remains even. This is done by creating special indents to exactly fit the decorations to be placed into the piece.
In contrast, decorations that are cut out are placed above the surface and are visibly noticeable. Creating the indents to perfectly fit the decorations is a laborious process.
We inlay precious metals as well as wood with contrasting colors for a refined and elegant look.
For cutting out fine detail, we use a hacksaw operated by hand.
Different blades can be inserted into the frame and are held in place under tension. Little holes are drilled into the areas that are to be cut out so the blade can be inserted into the center of the metal plate.
Cut out pieces are often placed on top of another piece for a subtle 3-D effect.