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Try this activity in the arms and armor galleries of a museum. Illustrated below are the steps in creating false damascene decoration. Study these steps carefully. Now, search around the gallery for an object made by the technique.

After trying this activity, you can learn more about false damascening by referring to the Physical Finishing Techniques section of this publication.

False damascene technique: 1) the substrate metal is scored (scratched); 2) metal foil or wire is hammered onto the scored areas to form a design and heat is applied; 3) the process is complete, with metal applied on metal.

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