A Rectangle part of metal is beaten on a cast iron post stuck in the earth
The metal gradually forms a curve
The curved metal forms a cylinder
The second piece of metal is drawn with circle
The Circle is cut out with the tool
he circle is hammered into dome
The dome is fitted onto the cylinder and then both the parts joined together
A strip of metal is shaped to make the handle to give the support to cylinder. Ring shape hand is to be created
A hole is punched through the dome
The basic bell is created
Copper plating the bell :
A mixture of copper filings and other metal is placed in a bowl. The bell itself is first coated un runny clay. This part of the process is done by bell maker’s wife. The wet clay is covered with the mixture of metal filings. A pancake of thin clay is wrapped around the coated bell. More clay pancakes are made to cover the bell. The coated bell is completely sealed in clay.
The clay covered bell is placed in the hottest of the furnace. The bellows are cranked until the clay and bell are white hot. The bell is removed from the furnace. It is plunged into cold water. When the clay is chipped off, the bell is revealed now copper plated.
Attached wood piece into the cylinder
Finally, a shaped piece of wood, usually shisham, is hung in the cylindrical part of the bell structure. The solid wood piece is attached to the bell’s dome roof with the help of a thin iron hoop that is pierced through the wood at one end. Musical copper bell is created Artist sets tone of the bell. Amazing sound gives positive Energy
Without modern communications the sound of bells helped shepherds and cowherds communities to locate their flocks from a distance. Waste iron sheets are bought from the market. Outlines are marked on the sheets using master patterns (there are about 13 patterns ranging from 3″x12/8″. Following the mark, the sheet is cut. Then it is converted to the shape of bell with punching tools. Designs are worked out before shaping it. The handle is fixed. Later copper, brass and tankankar in the form of small bits and powder is sprinkled on the bell immersed in mud water. Then clay is mixed with cotton which serves as a mound. Then the mound is placed on a coal fire with the bell and the temperature is increased to fuse the metal. Later near to its mouth the bell is beaten with hammer to obtain the desired sound. Bells have an unusual resonant sound due to the individual tuning of each bell. Finally a tongue made of wood is fixed from inside. Kutch bells are moving very well in the foreign market as church bells, Now a days artisans have developed a musical instrument which gives a voice of Sa, Re, Ga, Ma……………