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Scott Martin
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iconnumber posted 11-02-2014 12:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
    Anniversary cheese scoop

We recently celebrated our Silver wedding anniversary. As some of you know, our love of silver started with a Stilton cheese scoop many years ago. You can read that story in The Book of Silver. Some dear friends commissioned silversmith, Robert Butler, to make us a cheese scoop to commemorate the occasion. We are so happy to share this with you.

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agphile

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iconnumber posted 11-02-2014 12:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for agphile     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Brilliant!

And, of course, congratulations.

[This message has been edited by agphile (edited 11-02-2014).]

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Polly

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iconnumber posted 11-02-2014 10:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Polly     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
OOOOOOOOO!!!! So wonderful!!!!!!!!!!!

May you use it to scoop cheese on many, many more happy anniversaries.

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ahwt

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iconnumber posted 11-03-2014 06:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ahwt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
June and Scott, congratulations and hope you have many, many more.
Great cheese scoop and one you can post on great faces. I love their eyes.

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doc

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iconnumber posted 11-03-2014 06:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for doc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Congratulations Scott and June, and may there be many more! What wonderful friends you have-LOVE the gift!

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dragonflywink

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iconnumber posted 11-04-2014 10:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for dragonflywink     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Fabulous piece - and Happy Anniversary!

~Cheryl

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nautilusjv

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iconnumber posted 11-04-2014 10:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for nautilusjv     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A Very Happy Anniversary!

And what a fab cheese scoop!

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agleopar

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iconnumber posted 11-05-2014 10:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for agleopar     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
June and Scott, to 25 years of silver bliss!

Thank you so much for posting this and for you and @All here liking it. When I was first asked if I could make a cheese scoop ( and one for the occasion - collectors too) I was nervous.

What to make that could possibly stand up? Traditional, massive, elegant, all were thought about but the image of 3 little mice frolicking on a cheese won!

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asheland

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iconnumber posted 11-05-2014 11:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for asheland     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Very cool piece!
Congratulations!

smile

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Richard Kurtzman
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iconnumber posted 11-06-2014 08:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Richard Kurtzman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A lovely piece and a great gift.
Happy Anniversary and many more from the both of us.

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Scott Martin
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iconnumber posted 12-13-2014 04:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
See Robert's slide show:

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Polly

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iconnumber posted 12-13-2014 06:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Polly     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Have you ever seen such a sight in your life?

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Cheryl and Richard

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iconnumber posted 12-13-2014 07:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Cheryl and Richard     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It is wonderful of Robert to share the process of making this magnificent piece. It is a pleasure to see how it came together and the finished piece is truly a piece of art. Thank you!

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Scott Martin
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iconnumber posted 12-22-2014 05:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Robert added a slide:
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http://www.smpub.com/RButler/scoop/rb-scoop-title-1.html
    Making of the Mice and Cheese Scoop

    Since I have been a Silver Salon Forum member for years now and have had the pleasure of socializing with June and Scott. It was an honor to be asked to make a special scoop forJune and Scott's anniversary. Their good friends, Richard & Cheryl, wanted it to be a cheese scoop because their first silver purchase when the collecting bug hit was a Stilton cheese scoop.

    Part of the challenge of a commission is to please the givers and the receivers. In this case the givers are silver experts and collectors of a very discerning sort. I felt happily pushed to a high bar by the silver acumen of both parties, not to just do the ordinary.

    Sometimes I am lucky to have a flash of inspiration in the first conversation of the commissioning discussion. This was what happened, the thought of mice on a slice of cheese. When I sat down to start no other idea had come forward that was as appealing and fun. I did not do a finished drawing partly because I do not draw well and partly because the client did not ask for one and lastly because it sometimes works well to let the piece develop as ideas come.

    First I carved the cheese out of a solid chunk of wax with holes of different sizes. Next, the cheese was hollowed out and a sprue added, which would become part of the handle. This was sent to the caster and when it came back in silver a "rind" sheet of silver was soldered on. Then the mice were started in wax to be the right scale with the cheese.

    When the wax mice were away at the caster I started work on the scoop. I had in stock a thick rod the same diameter of the sprue but had no sheet the right gauge for the scoop end. A quick melt of clean scrap poured into an ingot mold and a bit of rolling it out in a rolling mill gave me the right gauge and size sheet.

    Mice back, in silver, now needed to be cleaned up, sprues trimmed, fur re engraved, paws tickled - meaning - adjusted and positioned then drilled. All this in preparation for soldering onto the cheese. The working end needed to be formed, finished and soldered together. Then the mice were put on, the standing one and the one on top at the same time. The standing one had his paws drilled to accept a tiny wire that went through the paws into holes in the cheese and the handle so he would not slip off when the soldering was in progress.

    After all the soldering the scoop end and the handle were hammered and bent to shape, to harden the silver so that the scoop would be functional. Lastly the little guy who is stuck in his hole had been cast in two parts after I realized I could make him wiggle in the hole. One of those unplanned improvements he was welded together after the 2 halves were joined from either side. The way I did this has to remain a secret... So says my wife!

    The final job was to oxidize and polish.


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Scott Martin
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iconnumber posted 02-27-2015 01:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Robert made a cheese knife!! biggrin

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Polly

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iconnumber posted 02-27-2015 02:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Polly     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Where's the "like" button? More like LOVE!!!!

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ellabee

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iconnumber posted 02-28-2015 12:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ellabee     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
These are everything. The detail!

I love the standing mouse so much, particularly his expressive little paws, front and rear. And the mouse looking out of the hole is a candidate for 'Faces in Silver'...

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ellabee

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iconnumber posted 03-01-2015 07:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ellabee     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
LOL! Just visited 'Faces in Silver 6'... Thanks, Scott!

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