While shopping in Tucson last February, I was intrigued by a demo of some unique hammers. These hammers transferred patterns to metal based on the intricate carvings on the striking face of the hammer. I was sorely tempted to purchase a few of these, but at $40 apiece, I decided against it.
I talked about these hammers with much regret for about a month after returning from Tucson. One day Rick surprised me with 3 custom made hammers. Each one has 2 different striking faces.
Here's a close up of my favorite pattern. It makes a great criss-cross pattern on the metal. You need to swing pretty hard to get good definition on brass, as seen in this photo. After hammering, I applied a heat patina and then sanded with 400 grit polishing paper to highlight the high spots. I'll probably turn this into a pendant.