Art and Design KS3 / GCSE: The craft of silversmithing

Paul Martin meets Chris Hawkins, a Brighton-based silversmith who specialises in men’s jewellery.

Chris demonstrates how to make a simple silver ring and explains how the tools and techniques of his trade haven’t changed for centuries.

This clip is from the series Paul Martin's Handmade Revolution.

Teacher Notes

Could be used to demonstrate the processes used to make a one-off jewellery product from silver.

The class could create a production plan for a silver ring, identifying the tools used, how the material is changed by each process and explaining the role of the annealing.

They could also discuss alternative processes, such as casting.

Students could carry out research to identify other metals that are used to make jewellery products, and explain why these metals have been used for specific products (for example, cost, appearance, avoiding allergic reactions).

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching art and design at KS3 and GCSE in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and National 4 and 5 in Scotland.

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