A few weeks ago I said to my husband "I need some hammers". "We've got hammers in the cellar", he said. "Yes, but not the sort I need", I said. He probably rolled his eyes at that. But it was true. When following wire-work instructions, I always had to ignore the bits that said "now work-harden on your steel block" or "now flatten with a chasing hammer". Duuh ! Anyway, my 5-year old son was very impressed when Mummy received a parcel from Beadsisters, containing 2 hammers and a steel block. And since then I have been able to bash things (metal bits, I mean!) and very satisfying it is too.
I have been sensibly using craft wire to practise, and, as you can see from the photo, this is very wise, as it takes a few goes to get the shapes right and also to find out which lengths of wire work best. Never thought I would buy myself a hammer, though......:)