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Metal Based Objects

» Trophy Head
» Silver Swan
» Chandelier
» Silver Gilt Cup
» A Kneeling Woman Bathing
» Tournament Helmet of Emperor Ferdinand II
» Bronze Ritual Vessel and Cover (You)

Welcome to the Metal zone!

Man only discovered how to produce and use metals effectively about 5,000 years ago! Since that time metals have formed a very important role within the production of artistic pieces. Metals can be heated or hammered into various shapes and the variety of metals available means that many different types of finish are possible.

Have a look at:
WHERE– to discover how we find metals in the ground.
TYPES – to find out why some metals bend when others will break.
PROCESSES – to see the different ways we can shape metals.
CARE – to discover why we need to clean our metal objects.