When I make perfect 22ct. gold spheres for granulation or perfect circular links for chain mail I feel the breath of the artists who practised their craft before me.
Granulation is one of the earliest known decorative techniques in jewellery. It is a kind of magic in which charcoal, glue and a paintbrush are utilised to make highly detailed and complex constructions. A whole day spent working with a few beads of high carat gold might might pass as if only a matter of minutes.