I'm not quite finished with hammering wire yet - but probably getting close.
My fingers are definitely feeling it!
Since my last post on making hammered wire sticks, where I made one into a ring shank, I have scoured the internet for more inspiration on how to use them.
I made a board called Hammered Wire Sticks/Bone Jewelry that you can look at.
I also found a few free tutorials (listed at the end of this post) - and decided to make this project loosely based on one of them.
Hammered & Twisted Wire Link Chain
The project I decided to try is a necklace chain that uses hammered wire links. Sharilyn Miller has a free Bone Links Chain Tutorial that I used as inspiration - although our methods and tools vary a little.
Hammering the Links: With a Twist
For my chain, I used 14g copper wire and cut 18 pieces just under 1 inch long. The main difference between these hammered wire sticks and the ones I made previously, is after hammering one wire end, you rotate the wire 90 degrees to hammer the other end.
After a lot of trial and error, I found the quickest and easiest way to make each link. First, I hammer with a ball pein hammer, to flatten the wire from the middle to the end.
Then, I re-hammer each wire link with my chasing hammer to flare out the end and flatten the overall shape.
It felt like it took forever. I timed it though - and it was less than 3 minutes per link once I got the process down.
I did that until my fingers were black (and blue).
Here is my pile of freshly hammered twisted wire bone links.
I used my pliers style hole punch - which I think look easier than the Euro Metal Hole Punch Pliers that Sharilyn Miller uses - but since I've never tried it, I don't know for sure.
Then it was time for a tumble.
I tried to cheat and not sand the little nubs from punching the holes. I wanted to see if tumbling would smooth them out enough. It doesn't. I ended up tumbling, filing, and then tumbling again.
But aren't they pretty?
That's as far as I got today. I've started assembling the chain, but haven't finalized how I want to link them. So many options!
So, until tomorrow, I'll leave you with a couple of more free tutorials that use hammered wire sticks.
Free hammered wire bail tutorial from Daisy Chain Designs Jewellery Blog
Hammered Wire Dangle Earrings Tutorial from My Girlish Whims
Curved Hammered Wire Dangle Earrings Tutorial from Jewelry Making Journal