Chasing hammer, ring mandrel and bench pin. The chasing hammer is great for forming the ring onto the metal. The flat side makes quick work of sizing the ring up. The smaller side is great for adding texture. A ring mandrel is what we use to form the ring with. It’s a graduated metal stick (some are wood or plastic, don’t waste your time) that has marks for sizing. I think mine goes up to 14. After that you’ll need a larger mandrel. The bench pin – the wooden doohickey. Each metalsmith seems to create their own bench pin as they go. They all start out generic looking. But, as time goes on…we all grind down, notch and file our way into making the bench pin work for us. I do a ton of filing on mine so you can see where I cut it out to accommodate the rings.
Funny, when I got my first bench pin I was afraid to mark it up. I wanted to keep it pretty and perfect. That didn’t last very long!
calipers and dividers
hammers and stamps
My old butcher block tool organizer. It held so much ..my hammers, my mandrels, my bench shear, my drill press and much much more!