Silver 'Jewelly'

Beez Neez
Skipper and First Mate Millard (Big Bear and Pepe)
Tue 5 Dec 2017 23:27
Our Stop at a Silversmiths
 
 
 
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We pulled up beside the dock of a silversmith, the sign read jewelly, novel.......
 
 
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A keen young lady scooped us from the dock and had us on stools, listening attentively, before we could blink. She showed us an ore producing rock and a grinder. The chemical solution used to separate out the silver and the little bits they gather from sieving the solution.
 
 
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To her side a chap had been using the bellows to raise the heat below a tiny little pot, happy with the fluid-state, he poured it into a stone mould.
 
 
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He dunked the silver ingot in cold water and handed it to our guide.
 
 
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The machine and measuring gauge used in silver wire making.
 
 
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Our guide showed us silver fish “designed by my grandfather and unique to this works, this is a family business”, the segmented fish waggle – up and down for the boys, side to side for the girls. Funnily enough, we had seen the very fish on several of the market stalls such a short time ago........
 
 
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A cousin was making bracelets. Concertina design and a traditional classic.
 
 
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Another cousin was making baskets for earrings and we were shown a gong necklace.
 
 
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Another cousin was just finishing putting a junk link on a tiny fish, cute but not robust enough for me to wear.
 
 
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Our guide showed us how to rub metal on a stone, silver for silver, a golden colour for plate and a tiny set of basket earrings happen to be in shot........
 
 
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A final cousin was working with gems.
 
 
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Politely we looked around the shop and returned to our boat having thanked our guide.
 
 
 
ALL IN ALL ANOTHER INTERESTING LITTLE STOP
                     OLD FASHIONED PROCESSES STILL WORK PERFECTLY