Pro Tip: 1. Always use a steel bench block or anvil under the flat metal you are texturing to prevent it from curling or deforming.
Pro Tip: 2. Practice hammering with a texture hammer on scrap metal first — every hammer feels and behaves differently, so don’t unintentionally ruin your silver by jumping in too fast.
Pro Tip: 3. I texture metal in a specific path, across the annealed, dry sheet metal from right to left because I am right-handed and I hold the metal with my left hand. Then, I move down to the next “row,” which may seem a little obsessive, but this method makes it easy to get an even allover texture while avoiding work hardening the metal in random places and not in others.
Pro Tip: 4. Finally, think about it. There is no reason why you can’t use a texture hammer on wire…
HELEN I. DRIGGS is an experienced metalsmith, lapidary and studio jewelry instructor and has appeared in 6 instructional jewelry technique videos. Her book, The Jewelry Maker’s Field Guide was published in 2013.