After heating the copper in the fire to soften the metal the artisan hammers for about two minutes to give the desired shape to the vessel, this process is repeat over and over again.
No soldering, casting, or molds are used in this proced, and because of this, each vessel is unique. Creativity and effort are two indispensable tools in this work. It takes a long time to acquire the skill of hammering, contact with fire and creativity to think about the desing of each piece.
Santa Clara del Cobre is the faremost site in Mexico, perhaps in the wirld, for the fabrication of hammered copper vessels. The artisans from Santa Clara have been invited to teach their craft and exhibit their work in museums and gelleries around the world.
In Mexico the tradition of hammered copper or "cobre martillado" dates back to Pre-Colombine times. The Purépecha Indians of Michoacán have fabricated tools, weapons, jewelry, animals effigies, and figurines out of copper for over 500 years.