I don't have the hand strength to hold it with my fingers as my
this is where you keep practicing. It takes time to build up
If the metal is reverberating you are hitting in the wrong place on
You should get a clear "ping" when the metal and stake and hammer
Forget the gloves, get some glasses to magnify your work and look
closely at where you are hitting with the hammer. Don't choke the
hammer use a flexible wrist and hold it at the end of the handle.
Also throw the nickel in the bin it is toxic sh*t 1 in 10 people are
seriously allergic to it. It is banned in the EU for good reason.
If your instructor is using nickel leave demand a refund and find
someone who knows about precious metal smithing.
A 2 inch piece of sterling/fine silver is worth less than $20 so use
real quality metal and make real jewellery not toxic waste, aka
Also I have to ask:
why has your instructor not taught you how to use a hammer?
how much are you paying to not learn the proper skills?
youtube the best source of how not to make jewellery in the
AKA I have just done a weekend course and am posting a video on how
to set up workshop.
Even though I don't have full training and years of experience I
will show you what to do.
like get a grip, don't show us how to set up a death trap.
youtube + jewellery = intensive care in the local hospital.
stick with orchid, we are still alive and have all our fingers
because we are trained.
Use fine silver as you are a newbie to metal smithing. Move to
sterling when you get stronger.
I use a standard planishing hammer/leather mallet/ nylon mallet every
day to make small bezels or to round rings. Don't hit my hand, never
have, properly trained.