How to Hammer or Flatten Wire for Jewelry Making

by Sue D.
(Pittsburgh, PA)

Flattening Wire with Hammer Head

Flattening Wire with Hammer Head

Can I make 'hammered' wire, or flatten wire with a simple hammer, or do I need a special tool and work surface? Do I pound the wire directly, or cushion the wire with paper or fabric?

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How to Hammer or Flatten Wire
by: Wanda

Hi Sue,

You can use a regular household hammer (a.k.a. Ball Peen Hammer) to flatten your wire for making jewelry. No special tool required...isn't that fantastic!

You may hammer the wire directly using flat end, or head, of the hammer to flatten the wire. There is no need to cushion the wire.

For the best results use a steel bench block and place it flat on your work surface. Holding it in place with your fingers, place the wire on the bench block to flatten it with the hammer.

Using the flat side of the hammer to hammer the wire will flatten the wire and leave a smooth texture on the surface of the wire and using the round (or peen) end will create a somewhat lumpy, or divet texture

Most tools will leave some type of mark on the wire. If you don't want tool marks then by all means use a thin cloth to help protect the wire from marks. This however is totally unnecessary.

In most cases, tool marks add character to the wire and are considered as a plus by wireworkers.

For more complete instructions, check out how to make a wire pendant.

Best of results with your wire jewelry making adventures!

Use Barbell Weights to Hammer Jewelry
by: Sherman Duke Jewelry

I'm creating on a budget and look for creative alternatives for jewelry making. I can get barbell weights for about $2 each. A ten pounder sits on my thigh while flattening/hardening wire. The center hole makes maneuvering items easy. I'm sure there are many other cheap work surfaces available.

How to Flatten Wire for Jewelry Making
by: Sue Fanielson

Thanks so much for the wire flattening tips!

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