How was it made? Electrotype

Electrotyping is a complex process which uses electricity to make a metal copy of an object. The chemicals used have changed slightly since the 19th century, but the process itself has remained very similar.

In this film, a replica of an intricate Japanese dish from around 1920 is made:

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