How to Work Harden Jewelry Components With Simple Tools
Soft metals like sterling silver and copper are especially in need of work hardening – hammering lightly on the components several times will do the trick. You may not be much of a metal worker but knowing how to work harden metal will strengthen delicate jump rings so they don’t accidentally pull open or ear wires get distorted.
As ice hockey is Canada’s national sport, it might seem like a sacrilegious use of an ice hockey puck! But the material – vulcanized rubber – as well as the padded household hammer prevents marks on the ear wires or whatever you need to work harden metal.
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