The Intricate Process of Making Ornamental Metal

How can hard metal be twisted and turned into beautiful designs?
Loukia Papadopoulos

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Anyone who has seen ornamental metal can testify to its beauty and grace. Whether it adorns rails or gates, ornamental metal is always designed with such detail that it leaves you wondering how such a hard material can be twisted and turned in such a precise way.

Indeed, how is ornamental metal made? Metal tubing, bars, pipes, and other raw metal forms are usually made in a foundry. 

Metal bending and metal rolling are very precise industrial processes. Both these processes see the raw stock form of the metal heated up to make it malleable and then passed through a series of rollers to slowly and progressively change its shape.

This complex process has to be done slowly so that the metal does not deform, bend, or crease. There are today two types of metal rolling: cold rolling and hot rolling. Both of these have to do with the metal's recrystallization temperature. 

There are also many different types of metal bending and rolling machines, each mesmerizing to watch in action. Want to find out exactly what cold rolling and hot rolling are and which machines are used for which process? Then, watch the video for all that and more on ornamental metals. 

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