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Making a Sgian Dubh
The drawings came first   Drawings for Skian Dubh

and then the shape was cut from a thick piece of silver sheet (no mean task).

Cutting the silver for the base of the skian dubh   Cutting the silver for the base of the skian dubh

The end of the Sgian Dubh was cast from a suitably shaped item in the workshop (actually the end of a screwdriver handle)

The end for the skian dubh   The end for the skian dubh

and soldered to the blade

  The end soldered to the blade

The piece was then polished over the course of many hours and more than one mop

Polishing   Polishing
Polishing   Polishing
and then sharpened by file and by hand   Sharpening by file & by hand

A wooden handle was then turned from a convenient piece of wood (from a jewellers vice)
using a lathe and more time, skill and patience.

Thw wooden handle   The wooden handle attached

Leather was found to wrap around the wooden handle to protect from splinters and beautify the piece

  Leather was found to wrap around the wooden handle to protect from splinters and beautify the piece

And then a silver wire was also wound around the handle to add a solid grip to the leather (and more beauty).

  And then a silver wire was also wound around the handle to add a solid grip to the leather (and more beauty).
Such a beautiful knife must surely be protected especially as silver does mark more easily than steel and so a sheath was made again with black leather, of course stitched by hand.   Such a beautiful knife must surely be protected especially as silver does mark more easily than steel and so a sheath was made again with black leather, of course stitched by hand.

A silver cap on the bottom would only look right with a crest to balance the piece and so one last piece of silver was cut and shaped from sheet and finally engraved (of course by hand in our own workshop – a skill indeed) with the friends family crest.

  The silver crest for the sgian dubh

The finished piece speaks for itself

 
The finished sgian dubh, complete with silver family crest   The finished sgian dubh, complete with silver family crest

If you would like your own Sgian Dubh Cathy would be most pleased to discuss your project with you.
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Bucket Casting
Watch this video to see how bucket casting
can make the most interesting
and beautiful silver shapes.

First a quantity of silver is placed in a crucible and heated with a blow torch
to melting point – 961.78 degrees Celsius.

Melting the silver Melting the silver
Melting the silver Melting the silver
Then the molten silver is poured from a height into a bucket of cold water.
Pouring the molten silver Pouring the molten silver

As the silver hits the water it is quickly cooled and solidifies once more,
creating shapes which mimick it’s rapid journey to the bottom of the bucket.

The silver solidifies in the water The water is poured away
to reveal the solid silver nuggets beautiful organic silver shapes

The interesting shapes will then be used to create a beautifully organic and unusual piece of jewellery.

The beautiful, organic silver nuggets ready to be made into unique jewellery The beautiful, organic silver nuggets ready to be made into unique jewellery
The beautiful, organic silver nuggets ready to be made into unique jewellery The final pieces
The finished piece
The final pieces
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