Preparing the steel sheet for inlay involves
using a steel chisel and hammer to texture the metal surface
enough to grip the silver wire. The chiseling is done in four
directions, and the marks must be very close together.
After the metal is textured, both the steel and fine silver
wire (usually around .2mm diameter; copper and gold can also
be used) are annealed, and the inlaying begins. The actual inlay
process is quite simple: place the wire where you want it to
go and tap it into the steel with a hammer. Creating the designs
include free-style drawing as well as layering pieces into patterns.
The deep grooves and burs of the texture hold the wire in place.
Shown at left:
The process of building up four layers of texture on the steel
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