It feels like winter in Korcula today, most unseasonable for the end of May. There is a cool wind blowing up our street, (Ulica de Polo), it is also blowing a few customers through the door which is nice. Wet weather is great for shopping!
I’ve talked to some lovely people today including a couple on their honeymoon, a woman from Auckland – yah the kiwi connection, and a young family from Berlin. I’ve noticed that when it’s cold and wet people want to talk and learn and share and it’s great.
One of the most common questions we are asked is,
How long does it take to make?
This isn’t quite so easy to answer, as it depends on the piece and if we have the silver prepared and ready in the gauge required. I thought I would share with you some ‘tools of the trade’ and a brief description some of the work that goes on before we can start our actual filigree work.
We purchase our silver in granular form and this must be melted and it is then poured into a mould which will create thick pencil shaped pieces of silver. From there the silver is worked through a machine similar to the one below;
A drawplate is used to pull the threads into the required size.
Below you can see Doka taking the silver threads from a wooden drawplate into the rolling mill in the first photo this process presses the threads into the required size.
I imagine a lot more informative/detailed posts have been written on creating silver wire, let us know if you would like more information or have any questions.
Here is a link to a youtube clip that shows the different steps in creating silver wire that you might find interesting;