The technique of decorating metal surfaces with relief designs is known since antiquity.
The craftsman created reliefs by pressing sheets of metal onto a die with a decorative pattern that he had previously made for this purpose. In the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki you can see many gold objects decorated with this technique.
Would you like to know more about some of the gold objects in the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki and the technique of their ectopic decoration?
Would you like to build a die to create your own embossing with aluminium foil?
You can print out drawings and see the instructions in the links below.