Master Classes
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Stephen M Goldsmith is the Guru of Precious metal polishing!


 He is not just known for his polishing but the finishes he can create to bring out the very best details.

Has a very unique style & is a very natural with his presentations & Master Classes.


The polishing of precious metal is most probably one of the most underrated skills in the craft but can make or break a piece that has taken hours to manufacture in minutes.


The skill is very important in making your work look professional and is very rarely taught.


At last an opportunity with a 3 day course, to learn some of the secrets, techniques & improve your skills, with a polisher who probably is the only Jewellery & Silver polisher in the trade with over 40 years experience.  

The courses includes some very traditional methods and also the use of machinery associated with the polishing of precious metals.


All these machines will be readily available to use. 


The course is suitable for students with jewellery or Silversmithing skills but also those wishing to extend their knowledge from other disciplines such as designers or sculptors.

You are encouraged to bring along some of your own work for discussion and use as examples.


We will cover both theory and practical subjects which will be focused on the students here present in the class and we will be flexible.

Areas for demonstration and study may include:

  1. Health and Safety related issues

  2. How to prepare for the best results

  3. Hand polishing & burnishing

  4. Use of abrasives, sand, composition & the various tools that are used such as leather, felt, brushes & various grades calico mops.

  5. Finishes such as, bright, matt & textured surfaces with the standard buffing method.

  6. Specialist polishing of platinum & palladium , now a one day course

  7. Barrel polishing.

  8. Antique restoration

  9. Looking after polished silver.


To enquire where the Master classes are Contact Stephen via his e-mail

Please note:

Despite the use of extraction, it is inventible that some dust particles will be in the air and anyone with a medical condition please consult their doctor.

All necessary tools & equipment will be provided

However as stated above, students are encouraged to bring a long examples of their work to polish, so we have variety.

Silver Polishing

All items including jewellery and object d'art need to be polished when all other processes of manufacture have been completed, as precious metals do not shine naturally.
Silver polishing is a very highly skilled craft which can be done by lathe or hand, using polishing brushes charged with emery composition or leather or felt bobs used with an abrasive pumice powder with vegetable oil.
After this process Calico mops are used with a composition such as Tripoli.

The finishing process uses a much softer mop using rouge after which each piece is cleaned, using a Ultrasonic cleaner or with a Caustic Cleaner.

The Silver Polisher works very closely with the Silversmith, as preparation is a very important part of the process, there would certainly be no point in assembling all the different components to discover it is not practical to polish.
Jewellery is a little different and needs preparation before the Setter sets the stones in the mounts, this is done by a process we call Threading which is wax cotton threaded into each hole and polished by hand until each hole shines. This process helps give light to the stone once set. Once the stones are set, it is then polished once more to loupe standard.

An additional function of the skilled polisher is electroplating and gilding.

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