Silver hammered jewellery is one of my trademark looks. Especially my silver hammered hoops. There is something very magical and beautiful about the way the hammered surface captures the light. It reflects so well, even on a dark and rainy day, the surface still manages to reflect the tiniest bit of light, giving the hammered silver hoops an almost bright light effect.
The technique of hammering the silver means that no two pieces are ever exactly the same. All of the silver I use is totally re-purposed so it makes for a very unique piece. I like to imagine what other life the silver had before!
I use a special hammer called a bell pein hammer which is especially designed with one domed end and a flat end. There are a number of hammer types used for different purposes, for different metals and to achieve different results.
But the round end of the bell pein hammer slowly graduates to a point so that it’s perfect for beating metals to achieve the desired hammered texture that you see on my hammer silver hoop earrings.
It’s taken a lot of time, practice and patience to get to this point. (and a few sore fingers!)
Once I’m happy with the finished effect, I cut the strip of silver in two, shape it, and attach the pins.
Followed by a clean and polish. And voila – hammered silver hoop earrings!
Do you have a favourite jewellery effect?
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