Silversmith James Dougall working in his studio on a copper test, the object held in the vice is the end of an old pickaxe that he has rounded off and shapped particuarly for jobs such as this.
Silversmith 'draswing silver wire' each hole is smaller than the last, silver wire is dragged through the hole making it longer and thinner, after it cant be draged any more the wire is heated in the forge, pickled and cooled in water and the process continues the same. this process has not changed in hundreds of years
heating of copper for soldering in the construction of a candlestick in a silversmiths studio. The heat is about 750 degrees celcius, and is measuered by the colour of the metal. silver is preloaded into reverse tweezers for easy application.
a silver cast ballon made by James Dougall and haning amongst the tools of his trade
At current bullion prices (January 2017) this silver from a small box that joined badly will be woth £22.20 for 37g of silver. this will be stores with other offcuts and silver filings and be melted into an ingot for sale back to the bullion