How to Hammer Silver Jewelry

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Silver is a soft, precious metal that is commonly used to make items of jewelry, such as rings, necklaces and bracelets. Pounding a chasing hammer onto the surface of the silver creates individual patterns, designs and textures. Once you master jewelry hammering, you can use the same technique to hammer wire and other soft metals such as copper, aluminum and brass. You can purchase the tools required for this tutorial from craft stores or from online retailers.

Things You'll Need

  • Chasing hammer
  • Silver jewelry
  • Anvil

Tips & Warnings

  • Experiment pounding the silver with both sides of the hammer to create different effects.
  • Practice hammering a scrap piece of metal prior to hammering the silver jewelry item.
  • Hammered silver jewelry can be sanded and polished.
  • Be careful not to hit your fingers when hammering.

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