Originally Posted by vwhite3343
I'm new to this wire wrapping business, but I think I'm gonna love it. I like making my own clasps, but want to flatten the wire without marking it up with my hammer. What's the secret? Right now I'm just using a regular hammer.
Also, how do you flatten near a glass bead without accidentally hitting it( or my thumb). Is there a flat punch I can use to put on the wire, then strike with a hammer?
I have an old old hammer that was my fathers that I swiped from him because I love the weight of it and its sooo smooth from age. (the surface is smooth) Part of the problem with hammers is that they have a ridge or ring around the edge.....lots of people hit those hard with a mechanical sander, so you wont get marks from that edge. I flatten wire with my hammer and get no marks at all. The head is actually very (and I mean VERY) slightly concave. Too concave and you've got something that will leave 'dings' in the wire.
also make sure the surface you are hammering on is FLAT and smooth. This might need some sanding too. Make sure you are hammering square on - dead on - not at an angle.
Hammering near a bead is tricky - I've never come up with a good way or thought to ask!! The only thing I do is edge the piece up to the anvil with the beaded sort of hanging off the edge - up against the anvil, cover it with a cloth and then hammer the wire....