A grouping of copper-colored sculptures
4 metalwork pieces by Ginger Seiple

Advanced Hammer Techniques in Metalwork

Date: June 25-June 29, 2018 
Medium: Jewelry/Metals
Instructor: Ginger Seiple (email)
Skill Level: Intermediate/Advanced

In this workshop, two areas of metalworking using hammers to create shape, texture and dimension will be explored. Using chasing tools, chasing hammers, and pitch in a cast iron skillet, students will use chasing and repousse techniques to shape and embellish a bracelet.

A second project will be using another method to embellish. Students will be hammer chasing a copper vessel, using sculpture wax. Materials will be provided for all projects. Students can borrow or purchase the necessary tools. As well, students will have the opportunity to shape, harden and temper their own chasing tools in this workshop.

At this time, Advanced Hammer Techniques in Metalwork has reached the enrollment limit. If you would like to be added to a waiting list, please call the CraftSummer office at 513-529-7395.

Tuition does not cover the cost of supplies and materials. Many of the workshops require you to bring specific materials or tools with you.

Supply List

Supplies are subject to change. A final list will be emailed to each participant before the first day of class.


  • round graduated ring mandrel
  • dividers
  • millimeter ruler
  • nippers, half round pliers
  • deadblow delrin or rawhide mallet
  • sharpie, pen, paper, camera
  • flat, half-round ring, and triangular files - O or OO grit
  • 220, 400 grit abrasive paper, emery or micro-mesh sandpaper
  • eye protection and magnification if necessary
  • lung protection if necessary


  • other mandrel shapes if you have them; I’ll bring square, oval, triangular, octagon and finger-shaped mandrels to share
  • millimeter marking mandrel for designing symmetry, or borrow mine
  • small forging and peened hammers if you have them, or borrow mine
  • goldsmith hammer, chasing hammer for tooling, planishing hammer, or borrow mine
  • texturing hammers if you have them, or borrow mine
  • tooling stamps you like to use, or borrow mine
  • metal shears if you own them, or borrow mine
  • anticlastic (Michael Good) spiculum hammers if you own them, or use mine
  • delrin or steel stakes if you have them, or use mine
  • any gemstone you desire to set in a ring, or choose from mine
  • steel block if you own one
  • bring all your favorite hand tools to facilitate your style

Purchase from instructor

Sterling silver wire and strip wire, fine silver bezel material, solder, gemstones, abrasives and polishing supplies ($35-45)

Studio Fee

All workshops have a studio fee. Fees are collected at the end of the workshop and payable by check or credit card. MU no longer accepts cash.

Estimated studio fee for this workshop: $75-100*

*The final cost may vary depending on the actual cost of materials at the time of the workshop. It is possible for fees to be less or greater than the range indicated depending upon individual student usage.

About the Instructor

Ginger Seiple has spent the past 36 years exploring metal. She has studied with many masters, giving her the wonderful skills she enjoys practicing and perfecting in her studio, as well as sharing in her workshops. In 2000, she was commissioned to design and replace the Presidential Ceremonial Medallion worn by the newly inaugurated president of Hiram College, a medallion once worn by President Garfield when he was president of the college. She has published seven articles, won numerous awards at art venues, and recently has been the TA for Michael Good in his Maine Workshop in May and October of 2014.