The design of these sinuous metal handrails was inspired by the sweeping curves seen in Art Nouveau ironwork.
The flowing curvilinear lines used in the handrails were made by heating the steel in a blacksmith's forge, then hammering it to shape. At high temperatures the metal becomes malleable and can readily be forged into the bold and dramatic shapes seen in the handrails.
This page shows how some of these typically Art Nouveau shapes were hand forged.
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