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covered pendants with a foil no more than one-tenth of a millimeter thick made of an alloy of gold and silver known as electrum. While the overall gold content of the foil is less than silver, through depletion gilding ancient Eurasian metallurgists were able to manipulate the concentration of gold on the outer surface to make the ornaments look like solid gold.
Originally posted by bigfatfurrytexan
reply to post by Hanslune
It is the application of chemical processes that is most amazing. That is a sublime sort of knowledge. Yes, Roman arches are incredible, but they are also more concrete. Gilding is a more abstract skill.
This morning i watched a show on Discovery about indigenous peoples building tree houses. It was amazing how they just pulled raw materials together, ad hoc and in situ, and cobbled together a rather nice, luxurious house that was a hundred or more feet up in a tree top.
Watching them make rope from vines was interesting, but I had seen that sort of thing before. What really wowed me was when the stripped bark from trees, rolled it up, then unrolled it for a sort of carpeting. And their roofing method was highly meticulous. Had they had regular three tab shingles, they could have put them on using the exact same methodology.
WHen their house was done, they all sat back and just took in the sight of the canopy. They all agreed that they lived in paradise.edit on 14-7-2012 by bigfatfurrytexan because: (no reason given)