Metal Embossing is a technique that is used to make different types of hand crafts such as jewelry and decorative objects. It is usually done on Copper, Silver and Gold With hammering a sharp tool on them. Metal embossing is first used in Achaemenian period (550-320 B.C) in Iran.
In the process inside or under the metal is filled with Tar (Asphalt) to prevent tearing or penetration of metal sheet. Also this wil reduce sound noise when hammering the metal with tool. After that they draw shapes on metal then they begin hammering with an appropriate tool. Tools have different sizes and names such as “sayeh” and “nimbor”. After embossing the whole drawing on metal they empty the Tar from inside and they put the work inside charcoal and then they clean it so charcoal fills the carvings and the shapes become visible.
We use this technique to produce our handmade jewelry. For example the shape of bird in the beautiful brooch above is produced with this method on sterling silver.