First is my new texturing hammer. It has indented circles on one side and straight lines on the other. I use the circles side to make it quicker and easier for me to create the general hammered look on a lot of my pieces.
The other side is more dramatic. This statement necklace is the first item I've used it on and I totally love the way the lines almost make the copper sparkle.
|Bold Copper Discs Necklace|
The other item is this metal stamp from FusionBeads. I knew I wanted to get a stamp, a fairly generic one that would look good and fit in with most items, so I was looking at flowers and sunshines. When I saw this I knew it was the one - the design just has that extra edge to make it more interesting and I haven't seen it anywhere else.
I haven't actually used it on anything yet; I've been practising using it on scraps of copper and, so far, its proving to be the most challenging new tool to master by far. I find I often get only half the design stamped or I will move it and get an offset duplicate so its going to take a little more work before I can unveil any products with it on.
Does anyone have any tips they want to share with me about metal stamping? Maybe I'm missing something or maybe there is a tool out there that will solve my difficulties? Please comment if you have any help for me :)