I'm educating myself about different classes of
hammers-plainishing, chasing, etc., but there seems to be a lot of
disagreement regarding what hammer is best for what.
Chasing hammers are meant to hit chasing tools with the flat face,
it will get chewed up striking steel, the ball end males domed
depressions from the from or back of the metal. Good for creating
more volumetric shapes.
Planishing hammers are either flat or slightly domed, good for
smoothing stuff and removing marks left by more aggressive hammers.
Stretch the metal in all directions and make it thinner.
Raising hammers have a long face cross wise to the handle.They will
stretch the metal at right angles to the head, in line with the
handle. This is what you want.
Dig out a catalogue and study the pictures (and the prices Get
some larger wire where how the metal is moving is easier to see.
Copper is good and cheap and soft. Just don’t rip out your electric
wiring. Most hardware stores sell it by the foot, strip the
insulation and anneal and experiment. Change the width with raising
hammer and smooth with a planishing hammer.
Analog/Digital Modelling & Goldsmithing