The Studio is excited to bring you another video clip featuring Bill Fretz and his innovative forming stakes. Last year, Bill showed us some Basic Hammering and Forming. This year, he helps us take forming a few steps further.
In his latest DVD, Metalsmith Essentials: Forming Hollow Rings with Bill Fretz, Bill demonstrates how to form a hollow ring on a miniature wheel stake using a planishing hammer with plastic inserts.
This is a great clip that shows you how easy it is to form a domed ring band, part of his spinner ring project. Check out all 117 minutes of this new video to learn how to make hollow rings.
And stay tuned for more clips from Bill's awesome DVDs in the coming weeks!
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Since their worldwide debut at the 2007 Catalog in Motion Show, Fretz Hammers have become a staple of the industry, and the hammer of choice for those who are doing traditional forming on a jewelry-sized scale. Thousands of Fretz Hammers are out in the world now, each of them with 420 stainless heads, oil-finished padauk handles, and a perfect, almost magical balance in the hand when you pick them up. And all of those many hammers can trace their roots back to this one, the very First Fretz Hammer. . ....Read the Rest
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