Making a silver box with my nephew Tom

July 05, 2018

Tom makes a silver box with jewellery designer Sue Lane in Herefordshire

My nephew Tom is taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, and as part of the programme students are required to learn a new skill. So, I was delighted when he asked if I could teach him jewellery and silversmithing skills. We started by making rings and earrings which he made to perfection and we sold at my Jewellery Studio Open Day in November last year. Tom then designed a silver box, and over the weeks we did a little at a time, until finally last week, he finished it. Not only that... it is perfect. The finish is to a very high standard and the lid fits like a glove. Here are a few images of work in progress and a film I made of all the stages. 


Silver tube and sheet

Tom made the silver box using tube and 1mm silver sheet.

Cutting the tube to the depth of the box

Cutting the tube to the height of the box.

When the tube is soldered to the base it goes all sorts of amazing colours. We use pickle to remove the oxidisation and borax

When the tube is soldered to the base it goes all sorts of amazing colours. We use pickle to remove the oxidisation and borax.

work in progress on the base of the box

This is how it looks after pickling and while Tom is in the progress of cutting away the excess silver.

Resizing a silver ring

The next stage was to make the lid, and Tom used the ring sizer to make sure the lid fitted perfectly into the base. 

Work in progress of the silver lid once it has been soldered.

Once the lid was made, Tom made a little silver rugby ball and soldered it to the top. Here it is before pickling.

Tom with the finished polished box

The finished box!

Ring sizing

Sue makes rings to the size your select when ordering. If the ring does not fit, then she will re-size the ring free of charge (once only) providing:

  1. You (the customer) pay £9 to cover Royal Mail Special Delivery costs for returning the ring to you (can be paid by cheque or back transfer).
  2. You (the customer) ensure it's returned within 14 days of delivery.

Please contact Sue before returning a ring for a re-size; it is so useful to have a discussion to help gauge how much adjustment is needed.

Please note: rings must be returned via Royal Mail Special Delivery and opting for the appropriate insurance option to cover the cost of the item. Sue Lane is not responsible for the delivery costs of returning a ring for re-sizing or for lost or damaged rings whilst in transit. For more details, please read our Returns Policy.

Sue will happily resize, refinish or repolish the ring at any time after the 14 days have expired, but at a cost based on the time needed to fulfil the work which Sue can quote before you return the ring.

Not sure of your ring size?

If you are not sure of your ring size, please contact Sue. She can arrange your order and then post out a free ring sizer to you. You then simply call or email with the measurement.