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Are you looking for the correct way to hammer your copper or silver jewelry parts to achieve a multifaceted appearance on the surface of the metal?
Any steel hammer can be used to make texture on metal.
Remember that whatever is on the face of you hammer will be transferred to the surface of you copper or silver. Construction grade ball peen hammers will have usually a less polished milled lines left behind by the machine it was made on. If you do not mind this texture being transferred to the surface of the metal, then go ahead and use a ball peen hammer.
If you don’t like the texture provided by the ball peen, you can spend time filing the face of the hammer with a metal file, usually found in any hardware store. The best type of file would either be a flat file or a half round file. After filing, then use various grades of metal wet/dry sand paper starting with the smallest number on the back of the sand paper and then working up to the largest number in the package. Side note: the coarser the sandpaper, the smaller the number on the back. The final finish on the hammer should be done with a fine steel wool, which can also be found at the hardware store.
The file, sand paper and steel wool are useful for many applications in metal work. The key to sanding is taking your time and starting with a high grit and working to the fine grit to create a wonderful surface on the metal.
2. Surface to hammer on
The name for a metal surface to hammer on is a bench block. These are also a highly polished metal surface that will not make marks on the back of you metal piece. These cost around $10-$20 and are a great investment, but there are cheaper ways. The more expensive the bench block, usually it will be higher quality steel. When I first started out, I bought from a local pawn shop, the face of an old iron. This is usually highly polished surface, once you take it off the iron it works great at a bench block.