Gallery consists of jewelry and other things I created during my silversmith studies. Pictures of my newer creations can be found here: https://www.instagram.com/hkorpilintu/
First pieces of jewelry I made at the school. When we finished practising and moved to jewelry making our first task was to make a pendant and a ring, this included learning to set cabochon cut round and oval stone. We designed the jewelry ourselves and were allowed to decide which stone went to which piece.
1.Dragon pendant. Made from copper and silver. The stone is mahogany obsidian.
2.Silver ring, stone is leopard jasper.
During our first autumn semester we also learned how to forge silver. First thing we learned to shape with a hammer was a ring and then we made some cutlery.
3.Silver spoon with a long handle, stone is purple fiber glass. The shallow bowl shaped part of the spoon was made by using a hydraulic press and the handle forged to the desired shape by hand. I ended up making the end of my spoon handle thinner than it should be but otherwise it turned out great.
4.Dessert fork made from silver. We all made similar forks which were based on dimensional drawings and a finished dessert fork we used as an example.
5.Bismarck bracelet with a ‘hidden’ clasp. I didn’t particularly like the process of creating the chain but the clasp was really interesting to make.
6.Brooch made from silver and birchbark, stone is moss agate. The instructions were to create a brooch from silver and some other material attached to it with tubular rivets. The rivets were made from a small self-made silver tubes.
During our lost wax casting course we were allowed to make as many wax models as we wanted only guideline being that at least one piece should be such that copies made from it could be connected to each other. This is how my Beetle collection was created.
Simplified version of our casting process was this: 1.we made wax models by hand 2.we made a wax ‘tree’ from the models 3.we created a plaster mold around the wax tree 4.the wax was melted out from the mold 5.molten metal (silver or bronze) was poured to the mold 6.rubber mold was created from the cleaned up silver/bronze casted piece 7. rubber mold was used to create more wax models and then we repeated the whole process
7.Bronze Beetle necklace and bracelet.
8.Silver mask with organza ribbons. I have yet to decide whether this will be used as a necklace or a brooch.
We did not receive grades for every course we had, instead every now and then we had a practical test. During these tests we had to create jewelry or something else within five days by using techniques we’d learned. These tests were graded with a number (1-3) and a written critique.
9-10. Decorative item made from bronze, first test of our first spring semester. As our inspiration we had to use something linked to Finnish culture and a jewelry making technique of our choice. In addition, a piece created using lost wast casting had to be attached somehow. My inspirations were Finnish basket weaving and filigree (technique where you create jewelry or decorative items from thin metal threads, which are usually gold or silver).
Repoussé is a metalworking technique where malleable metal is shaped by hammering from the reverse side (creating a raised design on the front) and chasing is the technique used to refine the created design from the front. We made tools needed for these techniques ourselves from tool steel: a small hammer and different kinds of punches (short steel sticks with shaped tips).
11.Wing, made from silver. First piece of jewelry I made using these techniques. Unfortunately I made the loop holding the pendant too thin at the bottom (won’t last long in active use) but since I made it for my own use I couldn’t be bothered to change it.
12.‘Birchbark ‘ring made from silver. Practical test for the repoussé/chasing course. The instructions were to create a ring that symbolized myself somehow. Since crafting things by hand has always been important to me and birchbark weaving is something my grandmother did (and my mother does every now and then), I decided to take inspiritation from that. This means that the ring symbolizes both me and my heritage.
13. Candleholder for a small candle. Made from silver sheet, edges reinforced with silver bar. During spring semester we practised hammering techniques needed for this by creating a bowl from brass sheet. The candleholder was made during the autumn of our second year.
14. Chopsticks made from silver. Practical test fro our second autumn semester. We had to create something from silver that was somehow linked to food or the process of eating.
15. Hollow silver bangle with tube hinge, safety chain and inbuilt clasp. We all had to make one by correctly following instructions. The safety chain was a voluntary addition that I chose to make.
16. Silver ring with three citrines. By making this we learned how to set several faceted stones straight to the frame of the ring. We were free to choose the kind of stones we wanted to use, only limitation was that their diameter had to be three millimeters.
During a course focused on cutting, grinding and polishing regular stones and gemstones we had to make several cabochon cut stones of different shapes (learning to make faceted gemstones was voluntary). We also spend time learning different kinds of stones and visited a quarry to pick up rocks. Our school had a variety of fancier pieces of stone but I preferred the more regular rocks, like feldspar and quartz, that I found in the quarry.
17. Stone pendant polished from both sides. The twisted silver wire holding the stone in place is set into a groove that has been ground to the edges of the stone.
18. A brooch made using a hydraulic press with one of the stones that I cut, ground and polished.
If we wanted to we could also stay after school and work on our own projects. Some of our tools and machines weren’t available for use without teacher’s supervision but your own worktable and all it’s tools as well as most of the hand tools found in the workspace were things we could use freely. Only condition for this was that you had to have a valid insurance (‘evening work’ insurance taken through the school or something else) in case of accidents.
19. Fox’s Treasure -jewelry set, gemstones are blue topaz. A week before the start of our Christmas holiday me and a couple of other students had managed to finish our mandatory creations. Because of this our teacher just told us to make animal themed earrings, which we happily did. I made the fox pendant later, mostly during my own time, after asking for advice a couple of times.
20. Silver bracelets with glass ‘stones’. Back then my sister studied artisan glass making and gave me a bunch of different colored and shaped glass pieces she had created (reminiscent of cabochon cut stones, just made by melting the glass) and I made different kinds of jewelry out of them during my own time (after school hours).
21. Silver pendant with amethyst gemstones. We had to design and create a somewhat long pendant with hinged joint, the loop from which the pendant hung had to be made from slightly curved silver tube. We also had to draw a technical drawing of the pendant we designed.
22. Chiming ball. Silver ball with parts inside that make it chime melodiously when moved.
In order to graduate we had to design and make a final creation from silver and use as many of the techniques we had learned as possible (I guess you could call it a practical thesis). We were given five weeks to make this, write 15 pages of text describing the whole process and draw a illustrative picture and a dimensional drawing. We were allowed to plan and design our creation beforehand. At the beginning of those five weeks we were also required to test our ideas with cheaper metals (copper, brass) before doing the actual work in silver.
Even though I made my final work during my second spring semester, I stayed for a third year to undertake advanced studies. In addition to learning techniques that weren’t part of normal curriculum, I also made different kinds of hand tools needed in my profession during my third year because I wanted to be as well prepared as I could for establishing my own business.
23. Weary Knight. As my final work I chose to make a decorative miniature armor, since the thought of making something like it had been on my mind for a while. The armor has detachable helmet, arms (elbow joints) and feet (knee and ankle joints). I designed it this way to make the armor easier to assemble and to make cleaning parts of the armor easier in the future. Originally shoulders and hips were also meant to have detachable joints but the system I had designed didn’t really work at those places and because of the time limit I didn’t really have time to contemplate it for long, so I simply attached them directly to the torso of the armor. I also set three dark green tourmaline gemstones on the armor, small one on the chestplate and two larger ones on the shoulder pauldrons. For those interested in more information a booklet containing the written part (in finnish) and my drawings can be found at my workshop.
24. Knight’s equipment. I made these during my third year while learning new techniques. On the shield these techniques are etching and enamelling. While making the sword I learned a new way to set faceted gemstones, there are two at the same spot (opposite each other). Originally I was going to make these as a part of my final work but at a start of our five week deadline I came to conclusion that I wouldn’t have enough time for them and ended up leaving them completely out of my plans.
After finishing and presenting our final creations we still had about two months of school before summer holidays and during this time we could take part in elective courses (or finish unfinished coursework if you needed to). I decided on Mokume Gane course, which is a japanese metalworking technique where small metal slabs of different colors are stacked into a pack and then heated so that they stick on each other as they start to melt. The finished pack is then hammered down into a sheet and after that you work whatever pattern (created by exposing the layers of different colored metals) you want into the sheet while making it thinner in the process.
25. Hairpin I made during the Mokume Gane course. Metals I used to create my patterned metal sheet were brass and copper. Gingko leaf shape used in the pin gave me the inspiration for my silver jewelry set with the same name.
26. Mokume Gane earrings. I made these and several other pieces of jewelry during my third year for a sale our school participated in.
27-28. Decorative silver item. One of the things I was really interested in learning was how to create different shaped and hollow objects. While making this I learned different kinds of hammering techniques and how to shape a hollow object from inside. Inspiration for the shape I got from a pitcher plant.
29. Small silver bottle with a stopper made from juniper. I wanted to make something from random pieces of silver that had been left over from my other works and also learn how to make a round bottle shape. I melted my silver pieces and cast it into a slab, which I worked into thin silver sheet. However when casting metal by hand, without the help of any kind of specialized machinery, there is a possibility of air bubbles remaining inside the molten metal as it cools. In subsequent steps of the work process these bubbles can show up as tiny holes, tears or fractures. This is what happened when I tried to make a longer neck to the bottle, the metal tore instead of stretching and I had to settle for a shorter bottleneck.
30. Moth brooch. A vague idea for this piece of jewelry was born during the Mokume Gane course and I made it during my third and last year.