Texturing Metal with Candie Cooper

Candie Cooper explores metal texturing in this how-to guide on getting started with metalsmithing hammers and skills.


Containers (not to be used for food ever again)
Pumice powder
Brass brush
Dish soap


It’s Candie from CandieCooper.com and an honor to be writing a post here on the Halstead blog. This tutorial is going to take you through two of my favorite processes in metalworking: texture and oxidizing metal with liver of sulphur. The reason I love it is because I can get the rustic, free spirit look that I want.
Halstead has made it really easy to make custom metal elements for your designs when you combine their texture hammer with multi texture faces and stamping blanks.
To get started, choose the texture face and twist onto the hammer.


Lay your blank onto a steel block and get going! Texture the blank with the hammer until you are satisfied with the look. You can leave it like this and let the pieces oxidize naturally or high light the texture with the help of the liver of sulphur patina.
First, make sure your pieces are free of grease, fingerprints, and so on. These things act as a resist to the patina. Clean the metal with alcohol or a degreaser if you’re not sure.
Mix the liver of sulphur gel according to the manufacturer’s packaging. Use tweezers to drop the textured blanks into the pieces. You can soak or dip the pieces one at a time or all together.


Rinse the pieces when you want the color process to stop. The thing you want to watch out for is not over soaking the metal in LOS because the layer of oxidation builds up too thick and flakes off. If this happens, don’t worry, brush it with a brass brush or pumice to remove all oxidation and start again.


You can leave the color in place and simply skip to burnishing the piece with a brass brush and dish soap.

hlstd-washingBut, to really highlight the texture in these pieces, I start removing the oxidation with pumice powder which is simply a very fine abrasive.

To do this, dip your thumb in water, then into the pumice powder. Rub over the textured piece with the powder to remove the oxidation from the high points.


Rinse the piece when you’re happy and then burnish it with the brass brush and dish soap. The brass brush will add shine while the dish soap lubricates.
Apply this same technique to any sterling or copper findings and wire.


Scroll down the Candie Cooper Designs Facebook page for the live show for Tuesday, July 26th, where Candie showed through this process and revealed some ideas for using these custom, textured rings in jewelry design.


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