Username Post: Question about Tim Holtz texture hammer        (Topic#1584459)
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I want to make some hand stamped pendants. Can I use the texture hammer (the flat side) and the block it came with? Or do you think I would need an actual anvil to hammer on?
Any suggestions? Thanks!


 
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  • stick on 01-25-13 11:21 AM
In response to scrappy_day

What metal or material are you using, and are you texturing with the hammer or are you using stamps, and what kind of material are they made out of?


 
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I was going to use the metal stamps on a thin piece of metal (not sure what kind yet). I wasn't sure if the block that came with that hammer was strong enough to stamp on.


 
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If I'm going to hammer something I usually go out and do it on the garage floor, just to be sure. Supposedly you can use the little mat that comes with the texture hammer, but I don't trust that or my table and just feel better doing it out on the cement.


 
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The 'block' that came with the Texture Hammer feels like a piece of laminated cardboard. I really don't know what real purpose it has...

But I love the texture hammer!

I bought some sets of metal stamps- and I had to use them to stamp the metal blanks ONLY on a really hard surface. It cannot have any give, whatsoever. I bought a steel block (that was next to the metal stamps at HL) and that's worked best for me. Second best was a huge solid wood cutting board that was in the kitchen. And I ruined it. So I recommend getting a steel block, if you're serious about stamping lots of metal, or something similar.


 
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  • stick on 01-25-13 07:22 PM
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Since you're using steel stamps, you could possibly use the rubber or the metal head of the TH hammer. I don't have it so I don't know how much weight the hammer has or how soft the heads actually are. The act of hitting the steel stamps may damage your heads. Or, if the TH hammer head is hardened steel, hitting a stamp with it could be dangerous because of bounce-back.

Also, it looks like a small, lightweight hammer? Depending on the thickness and type of the material you want to stamp you may have to throw a fair amount of heft into your swing to get a good stamp impression. For a good impression you want to hit your stamp only once. No tapping or multiple hits, you're likely to get a blurred image that way.

Regardless, a steel bench block on a stable surface would be the the best thing to use as an anvil. The garage floor or the sidewalk would also work, but the cement would likely texture the back of your material (which may look good! you'd have to decide).

And of course, always do practice pieces first. Stamping 20 gauge metal requires different finesse than 10 gauge. And stamping copper is different than stamping 14K gold. So, test pieces!

Feel free to pm me if you have more questions


 
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  • meela on 01-26-13 07:08 AM
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I have just started using the metal stamps myself. I have a bitsy anvil, but don't really like it. I think I will look at HL for a bigger steel block. Thanks for the suggestion Corey! Best wishes with your stamping Scrappy day!


 
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