Adding Creases to a Metal Blank
by Debbie Blair
Here's a simple way to add your own twist on commercial metal blanks. A clever way to add creases in a metal blank if you don't own a "forming block" is to use two steel bench blocks and a large nail.
Instructions
Place the two bench blocks side by side, leaving a space that's the same width as the nail. Place the metal blank over the space, position the nail on top of the blank so it is aligned with the space, and hammer the nail several times to form a crease in the blank.



Debbie Blair's Adding Creases to a Metal Blank - , Metalwork, Tools, using a nail to add a crease in metal
Debbie Blair's Adding Creases to a Metal Blank - , Metalwork, Tools, using a nail to add a crease in metal
Turn the blank over and, holding a thick piece of fabric on the edges, use a hammer to flatten the edges, as shown on the copper blank. If you want a bit of texture on the blank, as in the brass one shown here, do not use the fabric, but use the hammer directly on the blank to flatten the edges. Then use steel wool or a buffing block to highlight the raised surfaces of the brass, leaving the textured areas a bit darker.
Debbie Blair's Adding Creases to a Metal Blank - , Metalwork, Tools, using a nail to add a crease in metal
Debbie Blair's Adding Creases to a Metal Blank - , Metalwork, Tools, using a nail to add a crease in metal

Materials

Brass 6-Petal Flower, 24 Gauge, 1-3/8 Inch, Pack of 6
MET-440.20
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $3.80
  • Gold Club Price: $2.85
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Brass Butterfly with Ring, 24 Gauge, 1-3/8 by 1-1/4 Inch, Pack of 6
MET-450.26
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $4.20
  • Gold Club Price: $3.15
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Brass Funky Heart, 24 Gauge, 1-1/2 by 1 Inch, Pack of 6
MET-435.10
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $2.95
  • Gold Club Price: $2.21
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Copper Funky Heart, 24 Gauge, 1-3/4 by 1-1/4 Inch, Pack of 6
MET-535.05
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $5.30
  • Gold Club Price: $3.98
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Copper Maple Leaf, 24 Gauge, 29 by 28 Millimeters, Pack of 6
MET-550.62
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $4.97
  • Gold Club Price: $3.73
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Nickel Silver 6-Petal Flower, 24 Gauge, 7/8 Inch, Pack of 6
MET-640.15
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $4.80
  • Gold Club Price: $3.60
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Nickel Silver Butterfly, 24 Gauge, 1-5/16 by 3/4 Inch, Pack of 6
MET-650.12
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $5.60
  • Gold Club Price: $4.20
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Tools

Steel Bench Block 4x4 Inch - Pack of 1
G17-10
  • G17-10
  • Lesson Quantity: 2.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 2.00 each
  • Price: $21.95
  • Gold Club Price: $16.46
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9 Inch Brass Hammer with Wooden Handle
G3-20
  • G3-20
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $6.97
  • Gold Club Price: $5.23
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  • Category: Metalwork
  • Technique(s): Tools