Masterclass DVDs

The Technology and Training Masterclass DVDs are a comprehensive resource of expert knowledge. Ideal if you’re looking to improve or refresh your skills, each DVD guides you through a specific goldsmithing, silversmithing or allied technique.

 

Funded by the Goldsmiths’ Company, the DVDs are led by Master craftspeople and are a unique resource designed for the use by students, apprentices and those with some prior making experience.

How to purchase?

To make a purchase, please email us at info@goldsmiths-centre.org or call 020 7566 7650.

Each DVD costs £15 including UK postage. Worldwide shipping is available at an additional cost.

We’re always looking to expand the collection so if you would like us to cover your particular specialist area, please contact us with your suggestions and questions.

Which DVDs are available?

1. The Theory & Practice of Hand Forging with Richard Cook, £15

Silversmith Richard Cook, who has been hand forging cutlery for over thirty years, demonstrating his forging skills from annealing process through the various stages of forging as the metal grows and changes its shapes to the finishing point where the cutlery is sent for assaying and polishing.

This training film is designed for use by students, apprentices and those interested in the craft of hand forging silver and it provides and introduction to the techniques involved.

2. The Theory & Practice of Hand Raising with Christopher Lawrence, £15

Hand raising is an ancient hammering technique used to create three-dimensional forms from flat metal. Christopher Lawrence began hand raising as an apprentice over fifty years ago and is now an expert silversmith and a true master of the craft. Here, he demonstrates the various processes involved by raising a jug body in sterling silver.

This training film is one of a series, designed for use by students, apprentices and those interested in the craft of silversmithing, and it provides an introduction to the techniques involved in hand raising.

3. An Introduction to Rapid Prototyping

Rapid prototyping (RP) is a technique for the production of solid objects from computer models. The variety of RP devices and materials is increasing all the time. In this DVD the Jewellery Industry Innovation Centre (JIIC) in Birmingham demonstrates the process from CAD design, through production of the RP model, and its investment and casting in silver.

This training film is one of a series, designed for use by students, apprentices and those interested in the craft of the jeweller or silversmith, and provides an introduction to the equipment and processes involved in rapid prototyping within the context of our industry.

4. Polishing & Finishing Silverware with Elliot & Fitzpatrick

Although polishing and finishing are the final stages in the production of silverware their importance in terms of the overall quality if the item being produced cannot be overestimated.

In this training DVD, Elliot & Fitzpatrick, renowned polishers to the trade for over 25 years, will pass on some of their knowledge and expertise on the subject.

This training film is one of a series, designed for use by students, apprentices and those interested in the craft of the silversmith, providing an introduction to the processes involved in polishing and finishing silverware.

5. An Introduction to Diamond Setting with David Basford

The term setting refers to the fixing of precious stones into a metal mount using a variety of techniques and styles, the most basic of which has been used since ancient times. The setter works with a mount produced for this purpose in precious metals by the jeweller or silversmith.

In a career spanning over 40 years, David Basford worked as a setter for English Artworks and is a true master of his craft. In this DVD, he will explain the key principles and demonstrates the main techniques of this highly skilled profession.

This training film is one of a series, designed for use by students, apprentices and those interested in the craft of the jeweller or silversmith, an provides an introduction to the techniques and equipment involved in setting.

6. An Introduction to Flat Hammering

The art of making a tray is one of the most technically challenging and rewarding skills for a silversmith to master. Using processes such as sinking, flat hammering and setting, this type of working requires a fundamental understanding of the nature of precious metals. Christopher Lawrence began making trays as an apprentice over 50 years ago and is now an expert silversmith and is a true master of the craft. Here he demonstrates the techniques involved in producing a sterling silver oval tray.