How to Hammer Silver Jewelry

By Alice Stewart

Things Needed

  • Chasing hammer
  • Silver jewelry
  • Anvil
Hammering is a basic jewelry-making skill.

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.

An anvil will protect your work surfaces from damage.

Place the piece of silver jewelry onto the anvil block, with the side that you wish to hammer facing up.

A chasing hammer has a secial ball-shaped end.

Hold the hammer in your right hand (or left hand if you are left-handed) approximately 3 inches below the head of the hammer.

Anvil clamps hold the silver jewelry securely in place while hammering.

Press down on the edge of the item of jewelry with your free hand. If the piece of silver is too small to hold and hammer at the same time, you will need to use an anvil clamp. If you are hammering a ring, place it onto a long metal ring holder.

The harder you hit the silver, the bigger the dents will be.

Gently tap the surface of the silver with the ball end of the chasing hammer. Start off softly and slowly; it's easy to add more dents, but you can't remove them so easily. Continue to pound on the surface of the silver until you have achieved the desired textured effect. Rotate the piece of jewelry and press down on the hammered section. Gently tap the hammer onto the flat section of the metal, using the same technique.

Tip

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.

Warning

Be careful not to hit your fingers when hammering.

About the Author

Alice Stewart is an experienced freelance writer who has specialized in creating unique and informative Web content since 2005. Her previous clients include the Times Online, Wizz Air, Cyprus Air, BMI, Highland Experience and Scottish Tours. Stewart studied English language and law at Oxford F.E. College and completed a Post-Graduate Diploma in performing arts in 2007.