is the application of interlacing gold on iron or steel to produce beautiful
decorative designs that has for centuries become the trademark of Toledo,
Greeks, and Romans practiced the art of Damascene for centuries. Around
the XV century the artwork became popular in Europe, and Toledo, Spain
became famous worldwide for producing such works of art. This technique
was used to make many beautiful cane handles.
- The surface
of the object to be damasked is scored with slashes or very close nicks,
using an instrument of highly tempered steel, leaving that surface prepared
for the penetration of the precious metals.
are drawn on the scored surface in gold and silver in lines.
- The total
penetration of the precious metals comes via a type of punch or mate,
striking the surface with a small hammer.
- The black
background of the piece is produced by a total oxidation of the non-damasked
surfaces in a very hot bluing solution.
- A light
and delicate chipping process provides the unique sheen to the designs
damasked in precious metals.
comes the manual chasing of the damasked piece.