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8 Tools For Making Textures On Metal

Creating textures on metal is an exciting part of jewellery making and creating unique designs. When it comes to texturing metal, the possibilities are endless, it all comes down to your imagination and practising with what works for you.

Below, we share our favourite tools for creating textures and interest to your handmade jewellery. For more top tips, take a look at our advice pages on texturing and polishing.

Ball pein hammer

A ball pein hammer has a domed end and a flat round head. Use the domed end to create a beautiful, traditional hammered effect on your jewellery designs. Don't forget to place your piece on a steel block while hammering for a sturdy surface.

Cross pein hammer

A cross pein hammer has a flat end and a wedge-shaped end which can be used to create a rich, bark-like texture on metal. It is also a great hammer for using with punches and stamps.

Gravers

Available in different shapes, these gravers can be used for engraving patterns, marks and textures into metals. Make them more comfortable to hold with a wooden graver handle.

Glass fibre scratch brush

While useful for cleaning and preparing metals before polishing, a glass fibre brush is also great for applying a matt or brushed finish to metals to give your pieces extra interest.

Liver of sulphur

Liver of sulphur is a popular product for achieving an antique, black or iridescent coloured patina on your metal designs.

Satin texture wheels

Also known as flick mops or frosting wheels, these texture wheels will give your metal a wonderful, permanent satin finish. Available in fine and coarse. Ensure you are wearing eye protection when using these.

Scriber

A good quality scriber is an essential tool for all silversmiths making score marks on sheet metal, but it is also great for making a dotted texture on metal when hammered gently. Marks can be emphasised by applying a patina using liver of sulphur.

Charcoal block

A charcoal block is great for granulation (creating metal spheres) because of its super smooth surface - meaning the little balls of metal you make won't stick to the block.

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