On February 22, 2014, I gave a talk about niello. The talk is aimed at artists interested in making and using niello in their jewellery. I cover a bit of the history of niello, safety concerns with its manufacture and use, how to make it, and how to apply it. At the end of the talk I have a few historic examples to show. The talk is 60mins long, and the audio was recorded using a shotgun mic in the room, therefore, some of the audio isn't great (there's a fair bit of background noise). Of course having listened to it a few times now, I'm annoyed with one glaring mistake I made during the talk. At one point I'm talking about bronze, and I say it is made of zinc and copper. What I should have said is tin and copper. One of the hazards of early morning talks...

If you are just curious about learning the history of niello, you can listen to the first 10mins of the talk. After that I get into the technical details of making and using it which will not be very interesting to people who don't intend to make it themselves.

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