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Metal such as iron, silver, brass, copper and even aluminum or steel can be heat forged (as in blacksmithing), hollow-formed (for example, a silver bowl or teapot), cast, anodized, wrought or hammered, or chased (repoussé) to give the surface a raised pattern. Once the piece has been fabricated, the artist may alter its appearance with lacquer, tiling, decorative painting or a patina. Salt and pepper shakers, flatware, fireplace tools, lamps, garden gates and even elegant furniture can be made from metal.