Tools of the trade – hammers

I REALLY like tools – particularly hammers!

There are so many things you can do with a hammer and metal.  You can make a teapot, a bangle, a pin, components to use in a design or a lovely textured shiny surface.  There is just so much potential – just not enough time and metal!  Plus, it’s just fun to hit things….

I can safely predict that my collection of hammers will be growing with time and a few dollars in my pocket.  This is the small collection as it looks now.  My biggest problem is going to be storage.

my hammers in their storage drawer
Resting after a hard day's work

If you invest in metal working hammers you have to baby them a bit.  Ironic, eh?  The faces you use (and I mean the hammer, not mine…) shouldn’t knock against each other or other steel tools.  Any marks in the face of the hammer will be transferred to the metal; and let me tell you that is a PAIN to fix.  It’s much easier to try to keep the hammer face smooth and shiny.

the line up of my hammers
My hammers at present....

This is the line-up.  I’ll tell you what kind of hammer they are from left to right and what you can do with them.

Planishing hammer:  this hammer and it’s little neighbour were big splurges, but they are things of beauty.  This hammer is in the Fretz jewelers line of hammers.  Planishing hammers harden and smooth metal and the rounded face makes a subtle shiny texture.

Narrow Raising hammer: this hammer is in the Fretz PrecisionSmith line.  A silver smith making teapots would laugh at this hammer, but I love it.  It is meant to be used on thinner metal, wire and dainty jewellery pieces.

Chasing hammer:  you can use a chasing hammer for a variety of techniques, but I bought this one to hit other tools when I am chasing or stamping.

Rawhide mallet:  for hammering when you don’t want to leave marks or for flattening a piece of sheet metal.  You can make one of these out of a tightly rolled dog chew and a handle!

Forming hammer: I made this one!!  How exciting this that!  It is a cross peen/flat faced forming hammer made of high density plastic.  It doesn’t leave marks on metal and you can use it and other tools to make crazy shapes.

Goldsmith’s hammer:  the work horse.  You can use it to shape pieces (like a ring); make a texture, or rivet.

Riveting hammer: for riveting!  Isn’t it cute.

It seems like collecting the tools is half the fun!  Do you have a favorite hammer?

All the best,

Valerie

3 Responses to Tools of the trade – hammers

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