This month’s test, requested by PMC Connection Artistic Advisor Lora Hart, explores how well fired PMC Sterling handles forging. Lora wanted to know if she could forge the bowl area of a spoon she planned to make from a flat piece of fired metal clay.
I hammered the first spoon using a steel dapping block, which was too deep to support the metal correctly. I promptly put a hole in it.
With the second spoon, I wanted to use a wood block but didn’t have one the correct size. So, I made one out of a stump of firewood I found laying outside the house.
After I got it somewhat domed, I annealed the metal.
|Time to anneal|
|Using a dapping tool|
It worked fine so long as I stopped regularly to anneal the metal before pushing it too far.
|Front side of hammered spoon|
|Back of hammered spoon|