I love hammering on metal—and I bet I’m not the only one! The tension release, the change in the metal, even the sound—it’s all very satisfying. Most of the hammering I do in the studio is for texturing metal, which has me on a never-ending search for new hammers that will allow me to create […]

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I am going to share a tool with you today that I’ll bet quite a few of you already have tucked away but just haven’t yet discovered its jewelry-making potential. It’s the jewelry Dremel! Go ahead; rummage around in the back of the closet or in your tool cabinet. I’ll bet you dollars to donuts […]

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Helen’s 7 Favorite Ways to Texture Metal

Copper is a great texturing metal for the beginner (and advanced) metalsmith because it is very forgiving—you'll need a concentrated effort to really "mess it up." Copper is soft and tough, inexpensive, hard to melt down, takes a beautiful patina, and is easy to find. My favorite thing about it is its malleability—copper takes a […]

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