Moghul rulers did employ goldsmiths to set stones in many objects
d'art from crowns, to clothing to household items to luxuries for
gift giving to courtesans, family members, and political allies among
the Moghul rulers that enjoyed the objects, almost, if not certainly
were not making them themselves.
It is true that 24karat gold if thin enough and beaten enough (
remember it's + 100 degrees in the daytime and as low as -10 at night
in the areas they conquered-) to cause friction fusion, in the
chandan processes was practised. To accomplish this today is simply
not worth the effort, when applying the barest whisp of a torch aids
the process along tenfold in time reduction and complete fusion using
gold sheets that are slightly thinner than that being sold for
keum-boo. A hammer handpiece, even ast a slow spped will punch right
through the foil..hand burnishing with agate and a warming plate wil
not damage the material but may take your four hours to accomplish a
task that will take three minutes with the assist of a torch to heat
the thin paper -lke sheeting.
Slavery is never necessary- though tempting at times...
R. E. Rourke