Working Techniques

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Our ability to work materials having such diverse characteristics, traits and required thicknesses in a single artisan workshop is a source of pride – there are few companies that can master the techniques and organize production so that they can offer their customers the same product in both silver-plate and sterling silver.
Our expertise sets us apart on the market and provides evidence of our mastery of the craft.

The sheet is cut into disks or other shapes with different kinds of shears. The cut piece then goes on for pressing to get the rough outline; turning is the next stage using a lathe to produce a more refined shape. Contrary to what you may think, this phase requires physical strength and considerable mastery: in fact the machine only has the role of turning the piece at high speed while it is the man, with the aid of special tools, who gives the piece the shape. The piece is then worked entirely by hand.

With shearing we obtain holes, slits or open parts, as was the case for the Galleria collection. Probably a lot of our clients think that this work was done automatically but it is the craftsman who holds the piece in his hands and who gives it the right angle, pressing down on the pedal to bring the shears down: each blow a hole! Then with accurate trimming the end of the piece is defined and chamfered, using specials cutters or lapping machines. If hand soldered edges are not required then they are finished with special rollers.



Hammering has different purposes: it can give the piece its final shape, it can harden the metal, it can flatten, it can eliminate faults and imperfections in the metal or it can have a particular decorative purpose: different hammers and tools are used depending on the work or effect desired; it is with the hammering that Zanetto achieves the widest form of artistic craftsmanship.

By chiselling we can make ribbing, sharp corners and decorations on the object: special hammers and burins are used for this. Handles, knobs, feet, rings and edges are soldered together using alloys containing silver. The majority of these additional pieces are made with the sand casting method.

All joints are perfect and guarantee resistance for life. Welding traces, porosity and imperfections are eliminated with lapping and sand papering: for this job, different shaped files, abrasive cloths and sandpapers are used.


Once polished, the object undergoes degreasing followed by galvanic silvering which results in a thick, pure silver ( 1000 ) deposit. We guarantee our products for ten years in the case of domestic use with the usual precautions, but they can easily last more than twenty years, after which the silver-plating can be redone, which is an unlimited service we guarantee.The object is now finished and only has to be packed: two sheets of white paper and a plastic bag to protect the object from the oxidising agents in the air, and then inside a personalised coated cardboard box.

Una volta lucidato, l’oggetto passa alla SGRASSAGGIO e poi ai TRATTAMENTI GALVANICI (argentatura, rodiatura, doratura…), oppure ad altre finiture, come il trattamento galvanico plus, il PVD o la verniciatura. 


The highly specialist experience and exceptional skills of our master craftsmen enable us to obtain objects with top quality materials, regular rough-hewn forms, well-defined edging, professional silver soldering with the elimination of all residue, precision hammering and chasing, surfaces polished at all points, uniform and high standard silver deposits.

Quality control occurs “throughout”, in the sense that each member of our workshop, on receiving an object to be worked, immediately returns the article if it does not respond to the rigorous quality objectives laid down.

All the objects have our name punched on them and are accompanied by a guarantee certificate.Some works, selected such as the most typical and representative, our ‘Masterpieces’, are identified