The Art of Cloisonné

Base Hammering

Base-hammering of the object's body is the first step in the making of cloisonné and the material used for making the body is copper. Why? Because copper is easily hammered and stretched.


A coppersmith will fashion the malleable copper into a rough cast (jewellery piece, vase/vessel, or other) by hammering and stretching the material into the required shape.


This step requires sound judgement when shaping the object and in making sure that the thickness and weight is equal.  This demands a high level of skill.

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