i've never forged ingots before rolling, and i've been
successfully rolling out sheet and wire stock for many years.
It doesn't mean that one can not produce jewelry without forging.
As explained by others, forging gives a much better grainstructure
to work with. The metal will be much compacter, much harder. Jewelry
will last longer and a perfect finish will possible after forging.
However, keep in mind that pounding with a hammer on metal is not
forging in the meaning of creating a better grainstructure. Many
"small hits' are better than one big blow and THAT is one needs to
learn and take care of.
Forging is time sensitive and will raise laborcosts without any
dought. As shown in Leonids video, it needs to be done in four
directions. I like to use a ball hamer sheape instead of a regular
As novice jewellers learn how to file, saw and poor metals, they
should be educated how to forge properly.
Pounding with a 1/2 kg hammer on metal and reducing the size is easy
but having the same tickness allover is another ballgame. More then 80
percent of the student I've worked with don't forge their metal. A few
of them do but do not know how to perform it correctly.
I asked once why people don't forge their metal and surprisingly the
majority answered that they don't see the need of it. Other estated
that forging is an annoying and loud process which takes a lot of
time. After explaining why and how it should be done, students still
don't want to forge their metal because of the second reason above.
It gives somekind of a direction whe are going to to my opinion. Gold
and silvesmithing is more then creating jewelry. People are more
looking into getting money for their product instead of understanding
how to work on metal to create jewelry. Make it and sell it..... next
Anyway, I'll keep on forging and telling about the importance of the
process. If others chose to not, well that's up to them. Am I a
better jeweller? I don't think so. Am I a knowledgable jeweller, yes,
without any dought but still I don't know everything and their will
always be a gap for more knowledge.
Pretty long mail to encurage the forging process but it makes a
Enjoy and have fun