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    Default Which hammer type will give me this effect?

    Hey everyone,

    I'd love to achieve the beautiful hammered effect in the image I've attached. Could someone tell me what type and size of hammer type would be best? I was going to invest in a Fretz planishing hammer, but Cooks only do the large ones and I have a feeling that might not give me the effect I'm after. Been getting by with a simple ballpein hammer until now so I'm a bit of a rookie I watched a lot of videos online, but I can't find a good example of what I'm trying to achieve

    Any help would be so appreciated

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    To me it looks like the effect you get with a chasing hammer with a slightly rounded (almost flat) face.

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    No offence intended, but there is a cult surrounding specialist hammers, and most of us don't need them.

    A great deal can be achieved with a simple ballpein hammer and this 2oz hobby one will easily texture small pieces.
    It is also easy enough to modify the face with a file and repolish to a more convex shape if desired, or you can turn it over and use the ball

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Miniature...AAAOSwZKJcB51o Dennis.

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    A planishing hammer was one of our basic toolkit when I trained and would do the job. I did recently treat myself to a new Fretz planishing hammer after 40 years but it was a present to myself!
    A chasing hammer has a much larger face than is necessary for this and although I have one I don’t use it often as it’s really made to hit punches without missing, so unless I am doing some chasing or using my punch for hallmarking it isn’t used.
    My basic tool kit started with a hide mallet, a planishing hammer and an engineers hammer. I won’t admit to how many I have now!

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    I don't think any fancy hammer has been used to achieve that finish, looks to me more like a casting and just a rough as guts finishing job wit a file or similar.

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    Thanks everyone for your help

    @Dennis I think my problem was watching 2 hours of videos about Fretz hammers, they pulled me into their cult...

    @China I did suspect it could be a casting. The jeweller in question has very much promoted her pieces as hand-hammered, so I hoped maybe they were

    I will go with a (reasonably priced!) planishing hammer for now, and then attack it with a file

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    Quote Originally Posted by china View Post
    I don't think any fancy hammer has been used to achieve that finish, looks to me more like a casting and just a rough as guts finishing job wit a file or similar.
    Second that. It looks to me as though it's been whacked with anything but a planishing hammer.
    Nick

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