Review: Hammers

Friday, March 1, 2013

We take a look at TruStrike™ Hammers, a new brand being stocked by Palmer Metals. By Sian Hamilton

We take a look at TruStrike™ Hammers, a new brand being stocked by Palmer Metals. By Sian Hamilton 

No matter if you are a beginner or a seasoned professional silversmith looking to expand your hammer selection, there is a TruStrike hammer made for you. Each hammer is polished and well balanced for a precision strike every time and are economical and durable. Buy a good hammer and you only buy it once!

A good hammer will come in useful for a lot of jewellery tasks, even for those of you who only do simple pieces and don't go near silversmithing. If you've had a go at making your own earwires or an 'S' clasp you'll probably have seen it suggested that you flatten a section to strengthen it. This is easily done with a planishing hammer, and if you want to have a hammered texture on wire, then a forming hammer would work well.

 

Prices:

Hammer prices start from £18.75

 

Types of hammers:

 

Embossing:

With two high-domed round faces, the embossing hammer (also known as repousse), works the metal from the back to form three-dimensional shapes

Forming:
With one flat and one domed face, the forming hammer is used to move heavy-gauge metal while retaining much of the weight of the original metal.


Planishing:
With one flat domed face, the planishing hammer is used for hardening metal and for smoothing the surface of gold, silver, brass, stainless steel and other metals.

  
Raising:
With two rectangular faces, the raising hammer is used to create a seamless form without thinning the metal.

For more information or to purchase visit www.palmermetals.co.uk

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