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Sterling Silver Padlock

Posted: Wed Feb 11, 2015 9:58 am
by bbutters2004
Hi all....this is my first post as I have only been a lurker in the past. This is my most recent project, a solid silver functioning padlock.

You can see the complete function on this video....

I made this lock for a silversmithing contest held last month in Mesa Arizona at High Noon Western Antique Show and Auction. I made it using many traditional skill sets as well as some newer techniques. It covers more disciplines in one project than what I have ever made before.
I spent 10 days working with a friend blacksmith who taught me about the mechanisms. I spent two months building this project.
Thanks for looking!

Re: Sterling Silver Padlock

Posted: Wed Feb 11, 2015 10:33 am
by Darryl Ponder

Beautiful work!

Thanks for posting.



Re: Sterling Silver Padlock

Posted: Wed Feb 11, 2015 6:53 pm
by bbutters2004
Thanks Darryl!

Re: Sterling Silver Padlock

Posted: Wed Feb 11, 2015 7:10 pm
by selsing
That is amazing!

Re: Sterling Silver Padlock

Posted: Wed Feb 11, 2015 9:36 pm
by bbutters2004
Thanks, it was a beast of a project but the most rewarding project I have made to date.

Re: Sterling Silver Padlock

Posted: Sat Feb 14, 2015 4:18 pm
by Martin Pansch
Sweet looking lock Braidie! I made a warded lock for my toolbox and am about 2/3 the way through a padlock of similar design to yours, though mine are all steel and minimal decoration. Mine would be more a everyday lock from a few centuries ago while yours would be something the Pope would use to lock up his Popemobile Schwinn. Mind if I bounce a few questions off you?

Did you repousse the front cover or use some other technique to get the hummingbird and flower motif? Beautiful work however you did it especially working the release mechanism into it.

On your shackle it looks like there is a leaf or some feature that covers the gap between the shackle and the lock case. There wasn't a really good shot of it but I am intrigued by it. Is that purely decorative or is it a duplication of a historic design feature to keep the weather (and potential pickers) out? Was this part made separate and soldered on to the shackle or it is all one piece?

Is the spring in it steel? If so how did you temper it? Flash it (i.e. heat until the oil on it hits the flash point)? Oven set to temp? Polish and watch the colors? I have had difficulties consistently getting the right temper on thin springs in the past. Also, if it the spring is steel did you do anything to try to minimize the wear it will inflict on the bolt over time? I am guessing that since this is probably not meant to be put to frequent use it is not a going to be a problem but my over engineering side wants to know?

Did you originally plan to include wards and then something got in the way (e.g. a deadline for the show) or did you always plan to leave it clean?

For the key, did you cast it to rough shape then file it clean? Start with a solid piece and saw/drill/file it into the appropriate shape? Something else? Is it all one piece or multiple pieces soldered together?

Again, great work and thanks for posting it here.