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PLANISHING HAMMERS
The
planishing hammer
is for smoothing metal. The flat
side will refine the hammer marks from the rounded side
of the planishing hammer to a nearly smooth finish. This
hammer is also used to size rings, form bezels and for
general forming of metal against mandrels and stakes.
This is the most frequently used hammer.
RAISING HAMMERS
Raising
is the compression of metal down to the stake
without stretching it. The trick is to angle the metal off
the stake so that there is an air gap for the compression.
To learn more about this technique, I recommend
Raising
A Freeform Bottle
with Fred Miller (see page 756).
EMBOSSING HAMMERS
Embossing
is the stretching of metal by hammering from
the inside. Blocking is a form of embossing while the
metal is hammered into a cavity. Free-form embossing
is done with a sandbag. The size of the hammer will be
dictated by the size of the work.
A TOUR OF FRETZ HAMMERS AND THEIR USES
BY BILL FRETZ; EXCERPTED FROM
“THE STUDIO”
(RIO’S BLOG)
Over the years, I’ve had the pleasure of explaining all the different Fretz hammers and their uses at various
trade shows such as the Society of North American Goldsmith’s (SNAG) Conference and JCK. At those shows,
I have answered the question, “What’s this one used for?” countless times. Following is an outline of the
answers I give to this question for the planishing, raising, and embossing hammers.
The HMR-101
planishing hammer
(112-454, page
112) planishing on
the double convex
stake (112-634,
page 117).
The HMR-1
planishing
hammer (112-461,
page 111)
planishing on the
double convex
stake (112-634,
page 117).
The HMR-2 raising
hammer (112-462,
page 111) wide
raising on the
insert stake set
(112-696, page
119).
The HMR-8
raising hammer
(112-478, page
111) planishing
on a fluting stake
(112-714, page
118).
The HMR-9
rounded wide
raising/embossing
hammer (112-479,
page 111).
The HMR-4
large embossing
hammer (112-464,
page 111)
embossing a cup.
A sandbag is an
ideal work surface
for this kind of
embossing (find
sandbags on
page 137).
Meet Bill Fretz
Bill Fretz’s interest in making jewelry and jewelry tools began after talking to renowned metalsmiths like
Paul Evans. Developing his own line of tools was his answer to the design challenges he encountered,
challenges that traditional tools couldn't fix. Today, Bill continues to design custom tools and teach
students how to use them, all while running his business with his wife, Marian, in Bucksport, Maine.
Metalsmith Essentials with Bill Fretz
DVDs
These DVDs put renowned metalsmith and tool designer Bill Fretz right in your shop!
In
Forming Hollow Rings
(117 mins.), learn to form plain and inlaid hollow rings using metal forming techniques
and hand tools through six lessons. In
Expert Bezel Forming
(134 mins.), learn to create bezel settings for a variety
of cabochons and faceted gemstones. Through seven lessons, learn to use classic stake-and-mandrel techniques.
In
Basic Jewelry Hammering and Forming
(90 mins.), learn basic convex and concave forming techniques.
Start with the basics and begin mastering techniques such as planishing and raising, using stakes to form and
flute metal, and many others through eight lessons. In
Volume 2
(115 mins.), explore three-dimensional and
pierced shapes in pendants through eight lessons. Learn to create 3-D forms starting with flat sheet metal;
how to create curved, full twist, fluted and half-moon shapes; and how to make interior curves in pierced forms,
soldered joints, shaped forms and more.
Description
Item #
each
A.
Forming Hollow Rings
DVD
560-653
$39.95
B.
Expert Bezel Forming
DVD
560-654
$39.95
C.
Basic Jewelry Hammering and Forming
DVD
560-650
$24.95
D.
Hammering and Forming Jewelry, Vol. 2
DVD
560-651
$24.95
Two-DVD set; 3 hrs., (items C and D, above)
560-652
$42.95
D
C
A
B
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