Brassware Damascene Technique

Coppersmiths used to import brass from Europe and work on it at their workshops to produce various pots and dishes.

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The first step in damascening is to cut a pattern into the substrate metal, ensuring that the sides are undercut (number 1 on the diagram shown below). Then the metal to be inlaid is cut to fit into the pattern and hammered into place (number 2). Silver, gold, and copper are common inlay metals, while brass, bronze, and steel are common substrate metal alloys.

Choosing Metals for Damascene

Damascene technique: 1) a pattern is cut into the substrate metal; 2) the inlay metal is hammered into the carved areas; 3) the process is complete, with metal inlaid into metal.

Any metal can be inlaid into another, but the difficulty of the procedure and the results can vary depending on the hardness of the metals used (see diagram below showing the hardness of a selection of metals). Usually the preferred inlay metal is softer than the substrate metal so that the hammering of the inlay into the substrate will not change the original carved pattern.



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