Tool Tip - Quick Makeshift Bench Block
by Kylie Jones
If you haven't yet obtained a bench block for your studio, or like me, your steel block is in the garage-studio 3 floors down, you can make use of a normal hammer.
Instructions
This hammer is your average hardware store variety. It doesn't have a polished surface but the surface is OK. If you want to use a hammer as your everyday steel block you can polish it with sandpaper. The reason you want a good surface on a steel block is because the texture of the surface of the block is transferred to the surface of the metal. To polish the hammer head a flat surface like a sanding stick or taping the sandpaper to a bench would be helpful to keep the surface even. You would need to start with a coarse grade of paper and work through the grades.
Kylie Jones's Tool Tip - Quick Makeshift Bench Block - , Tools For Wire Jewelry, Tools, makeshift bench block
Kylie Jones's Tool Tip - Quick Makeshift Bench Block - , Tools For Wire Jewelry, Tools, makeshift bench block
Kylie Jones's Tool Tip - Quick Makeshift Bench Block - , Tools For Wire Jewelry, Tools, makeshift bench block
I hammered the V in the picture on the hammer head and the surface is OK, it is not perfect but it will be fine with a sand and polish. Another way is to use some plain paper between the hammer head and the wire. I wouldn't use an old relic covered in rust unless that is the pattern you want on your metal.
Kylie Jones's Tool Tip - Quick Makeshift Bench Block - , Tools For Wire Jewelry, Tools, makeshift bench block
Kylie Jones's Tool Tip - Quick Makeshift Bench Block - , Tools For Wire Jewelry, Tools, makeshift bench block
You can also use the other parts of the hammer head to shape the wire and the hammered ends. It is very versatile and can be clamped to a bench or fixed in a vice.
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