One day I noticed in the local newspaper that the Cobb & Co. Museum was running short courses and one of the courses was a silversmithing course. I have always wanted to do silver soldering. When I saw this ad I thought that this would be a great opportunity to learn how to solder. The funny thing is I wasn’t sure how I would be able to afford to pay the fee, but my husband noticed the ad as well and he said he wanted me to do it. So we looked at our finances and worked it out.
Before this course I took up making jewellery with beads and stringing. This was fun and enjoyable, but I never felt very confident with the silver or gold plated findings. I would put a necklace together but as I couldn’t solder it really made me feel that my work wasn’t strong and could possibly come apart. I really wanted to learn to solder so I could make jewellery with sterling silver and make my jewellery strong and secure. Learning how to do silversmithing also gave me the potential to make more of my own designs.
The Cobb & Co. course was so good. I started doing the one day course first to see how I went. The only thing I worried about was my eye sight as I am blind in my right eye. So I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to see properly to do the soldering. The instructor was a very patient young man called Dan Cox, so it all went well.
Here are a couple of pictures of my first item I made which was a silver ring with a vine that went around the ring with a leaf on top.
When I got home I was so excited. I showed Jeff the ring and told him of my day. He was very impressed so we discussed how I could do a further course. I looked at the Cobb & Co website and found there was another 2 day course coming up in the following month so I booked myself in. The course didn’t go as well as I thought it would. I think I was having a few senior moments Ha Ha! I didn’t let that affect me; I’m still determined to do it. Anyway, I have purchased the equipment that I need to do it at home and once I have set myself up I will be doing it and developing my skills.