It’s Hammer’n Time!!

by laurie jane kern on November 9, 2009

My backordered hammers arrived on Friday so I decided that Sunday would be the time to play and whale away on some copper.

So after cutting out a 4″ disc of 18g copper; my 5 hammers, the forming stakes, copper disc and I headed off to the garage at 11:00 am [Elisa says this sounds like the intro to a Roald Dahl’s Tales of the Unexpected story…]

Here are the hammers and copper on the sandbag in the garage.

I also had a small 2″ disc with me which I decided would be another small bowl with a rim, similar to the one I made at Deb’s 3 weeks ago.

After annealing, I then proceeded to start sinking and making quite a bit of noise – What Fun!  I don’t have all the forming stakes I would like, so I used the punches from the dapping block to assist in making the small bowl. To get me at the correct height, I have to stand on a large block of wood that is left over from our patio cover! [Don’t laugh! but it works, and yes this is what the Aspiring Silversmith looks like with bed-head hair.]

This next picture is of the original bowl and the new one without the rim – yet. Also notice the start of a patina on the original bowl.

To make the large bowl, I used my mushroom stake – the curve on this is rather shallow but I think the bowl ended up with a really nice shape. Deb said that I hammered too close to the edge, which is true but the disc did not have a clean edge to begin with and I now think it looks like the edge on a burl-wood bowl

And finally, the two finished bowls at about 4:00 PM.  The large bowl ended up approximately 3.5″ in diameter and a tad over 1.5″ heigh

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Anita November 12, 2009 at 7:11 pm

Hi there!
Where in California are you? I’m in San Clemente.
I spent the day hammering too.

Jerry Fowler November 10, 2009 at 8:39 am

Nice hammers and more to come in the future? May the hammer be with you and don’t forget hearing protection.

Laurie Jane Kern November 10, 2009 at 6:05 am

Boot-C; Come and join the party, the more the merrier! It was so much fun.

Boot~C November 10, 2009 at 5:23 am

beautiful~now I wanty to make some bowls, too!

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