About 3 years ago I did a bit of basic silversmithing at a workshop run by Infinite Beads. I've done it there a couple of times since and have always wanted to get a bit more into it. It's surprisingly easier than you'd think, and very satisfying to hold a shiny silver ring (or rat as I made most recently!) in your hand and know that you made it.
So this year I asked for silversmithing equipment for my birthday. Friends and family, not really knowing what to get, gave me money (thank you!!) which means I now have the exciting task of finding what I need (yep, I don't know either!) and setting myself up.
I already have a blowtorch (a culinary one but what's the difference?) and some suitable pliers.
This weekend I found a few of the first bits I'll need. It's very exciting - soon I'll be able to make silver things all year round, not just August Bank Holiday!
Thanks to ebay I am now (almost) the proud owner of a set of 10 needle files in various shapes and this lovely ring stick and sizers set. So... what else do I need?