Metal Preparation
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 surface

Sample Plate
Metal Preparation
Traditional Korean Works 1
Traditional Korean Works 2