Glover and Smith Designs
Glover and Smith Designs
Glover & Smith Designs
Unit 10, Wilton Business Centre
Kingsway
Wilton
Near Salisbury
Wiltshire
SP2 0AH
United Kingdom

t: 01722 741096
e: ed@gloverandsmith.com

How we create our award winning designs

Here are somes images taken in our Wilton workshop giving a little insight into
what is involved. The making of the originals and the mould making process Ed
has developed is a bit of a top secret. These are processes and techniques
developed over the last 20 years, so we're thinking carefully before we introduce
details of this bit. All designs and moulds are made in the workshop by us! 

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Steve's casting today, (other days he's in the design office creating our great e-newsletters and graphics needs including our Facebook and Twitter pages) He also makes the designs because it makes sure he knows what he's talking about. Steve selects the mould and chalks both sides of the mould. This absorbs gases produced in the mould when the metal enters.

                  

The metal is molton at around 290 degrees C. The mould is spinning in side the box filling up with the help of centrifugal force. Some items we gravity cast.

                 

Once the metal is solid we take the items out of the mould and clip them off the sprues. Here are heart boxes and gingko salad servers, ammonite boxes in background. All the sprues are melted down again in the pot.

                 

Here are some "critters" on the bench before and after clipping.

                   

Once the designs are cast then the hand finishing begins. In these pictures removing flash from ammonites and Aaron is finishing a jar spoon.

                 

Once the castings are cleaned up we can bend them into cuffs or napkin rings.

                

Or soldered on to Sterling silver wire or cuff link mechanisms. Our heart jewellery is all polished the hard way before further machine polishing.

              

Aaron is here soldering oakleaf salad servers. He's also a retained firefighter in Wilton so if he sets fire to the bench hopefully he'll know what to do.

              

Ed is soldering hounds on to devon bowls. Right, designs which have been filed, drilled, burnished, dremelled, soldered, filed again, hand polished, and usually more, ready to go in the big polisher.

                

This is our large vibratory polishing machine. Inside the bowl are porcelene rods which together with water and a polishing compound rub against the pewter to polish the items inside and out. Right, Judy packing a mail order, we all share the packing.

                 

Eds finished and polished hound devon bowl with fox spoon. Hope you enjoyed the pictures.

                   

 

 

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