If someone had told me 15 years ago that I would be salivating over sheets of metal and hammers I would have
laughed out loud!
Yet here I am … getting excited over my collection of hammers. This is one of my favorite ones. The surface creates a soft almost satiny texture on my Copper, Silver or Brass metal.
But the fun only starts with this hammer. Currently I have over 25 different pieces ranging from ones that texture.. styles that form, and some that just plain flatten a rivet. Talking to other jewelers, I am aware that mine is a small collection compared to many. We are all Hammer Hoarders!
Aren’t tools supposed to be a man’s toy box? Truly times are changing. I know women who love to hammer. This includes not only jewelers but also those in the construction business. There is such a feeling of strength, control and accomplishment that a hammer brings to us.
The use of simple hammers dates to about 2,600,000 BC when various shaped stones were used to strike wood, bone or other stones to break them apart and shape them. This evolved into stones attached to sticks with strips of leather or animal sinew.
The hammer’s archeological record shows that it may be the oldest tool for which definite evidence exists of its early existence.
In addition to sheets and coils of copper, brass and silver, I also am the owner of a bench vise, drill, Lots of pliers, two saws and so much more. Here’s the picture of my workbench to give you an idea.Do you see the tool chest in the back? it is filled with all my supplies.
The best part of this is the FUN I have creating (and sometimes recreating) my jewelry designs. Each time I sit at this bench, the rest of the world melts away. All the ‘issues’ of the day or week dont seem to matter at all. This passion is truly a gift and I appreciate it so much.
Here’s hoping you find some of this inspiration when wearing one of my designs. Alene’s Adornments.
Arizona designer Alene Geed is the creator of artisan copper, sterling and gemstone jewelry. Her designs are unique, artsy and feminine with an American Southwest Influence. Designs are available for purchase at http://www.alenesadornments.com
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