10 Things NOT to Do with Your Jewelry-Making Hammers
- Open a jar of food.
- Use it as a fly swatter.
- Turn it into a cat toy.
- Stir your drink with it.
- Wear it as a very large earring.
- Prop a window open.
- Try to play your vinyl records.
- Use it as a nutcracker.
- Play the drums.
- Decorate a Christmas tree. (Although, come to think of it, that could be fun. An all-jewelry tool tree!)
Here are some amazing things that you can and should do with your jewelry-making hammers! You’ll find them all in the pages of Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist.
See amazing hammers and other forming tools in “Cool Tools & Hip Tips: Forming Tools” in Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist, August 2015.
Find out how in “Texture with Hammers, Punches, and Gravers” by Sharon Elaine Thompson in the November 2015 issue.
For a great example, check out Eugenia Chan’s “Riveted Lapis Pendant” from November 2016.
Jeff Fulkerson demonstrates with his “Stamped Bib Necklace” in the November 2014 issue.
5. Make a cool bangle!
Hammer master Bill Fretz makes the best bracelets. He shows you how in “Domed Fluted Bangle” in the May/June 2014 issue and “Hammer Formed Fine Silver Bangles” in the January/February 2016 issue.
You’ll find a lot more to do (properly) with your hammers and all of your jewelry-making tools in every issue of Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist. Check out all of the back issues.
Remember — use, don’t abuse, your tools!