Medieval craftsmen decorated metal by hammering from behind, a technique called repoussé. Watch it here!
Glassmakers create decorative vessels by blowing hot glass into an incised mold—again and again.
Watch as goldsmiths demonstrate how to make traditional enamelled earrings.
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Ancient artisans discovered they could inflate hot glass to make vessels quickly and cheaply.