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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you have any further questions, feel free to call our friendly team who will be more than happy to give you some advice through Facebook, Twitter, Email or simply calling us on 01872 573888 8.30am-4.30pm.
Alternatively, for more information and how to's on all areas of jewellery making visit our other Gemstone Setting Advice pages.