An artist was commissioned to make a replica of a 19th-century metal masterwork: this tsuba
(sword guard) by Hagia Katsuhira, a lost member of a pair, now only present in a black-and-white photograph. He made the piece entirely using the techniques of Katsuhira's day, and the process is documented in a fascinating YouTube video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGMj7o6AwnM
For all that this piece is beautiful to look at, the process of its making is even more beautiful. The stripes you see on the tiger? Each one of those is made from a separate piece of metal, a hole cut for it and the piece inlaid. The leaves? Gilded. The fur, the face? Carved with an iron brush -- that is, a chisel.
h/t to +Alex Fink
for this find.