Texture Summer School
by Susan LeGuyader
Okay, it's not really summer anymore but texturing metal is something fun that sounds like it should be learned in the summer. Texture can add so much to your design. From simple to elaborate, the ways to add texture are varied and many.
Instructions
Here are some of my texturing tools in my studio. There are hammers that have specific textures, hammers that you can change the heads on for different textures and stamps to name just a few.
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Cross peen hammers can be used for not only texturing but for riveting (subject for another round of tips). A cross peen hammer has sharp(ish) flat ends. They make lines across metal. I've used this texture on ring bands and bracelets.
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Ball peen hammers have a ball or round end on one side. As you can see from these photos, different size ball peens make different size indents. I love to use a ball peen hammer on the edges of metal to give a faceted look to my design.
Susan LeGuyader's Texture Summer School - , General Education, Texturing, texture tips
Susan LeGuyader's Texture Summer School - , General Education, Texturing, texture tips
I don't know the technical term for this pattern but I think of it as a waffle-stomper boot texture. This hammer has a fixed heads and cannot be changed. It can really mangle metal but the texture it imparts is spectacular.
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The circle pattern on this next hammer is fun. This hammer has interchangeable heads to make many different textures and uses, a lot of bang (ha!) for your buck. The other side of this hammer had lines.
Susan LeGuyader's Texture Summer School - , General Education, Texturing, texture tips
Susan LeGuyader's Texture Summer School - , General Education, Texturing, texture tips
Another way to add texture is with stamps. You don't have to use them is a uniform pattern if you don't want to. As you can see in this photo, you can add great design to your jewelry by being "messy".
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The last suggestion I have for you is an old hammer.
Look through your husband or dad's tool box and find a hammer with a head that is banged up and gnarly. You'll get some great impressions on your metal.
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Materials

24 Gauge 0.020 Dead Soft Copper Sheet Metal - 6x12 Inch
MET-705.24M
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
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  • Price: $8.66
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24 Gauge Dead Soft Sterling Silver Sheet - 6 Inches
H8-24SM6
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 1 Inch
  • Price: $29.70
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24 Gauge 0.020 Dead Soft Red Brass Sheet Metal - 6x12 Inch
MET-704.24M
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  • Price: $8.60
  • Gold Club Price: $6.45
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Tools

7 Piece Mini TruStrike Hammer Set with Stand
HAM-520.70
  • HAM-520.70
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  • Price: $140.54
  • Gold Club Price: $105.40
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  • Category: General Education
  • Technique(s): Texturing