The traditional process used to cast bronze, developed and used 4,000 years ago, is called lost wax casting. This method results in highly detailed, quality castings and has changed very little over the centuries. The method was used by craftsmen and artists from every culture from ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt up to today.

5) The plaster is then broken and washed away from the now cooled gold casting. The individual gold items are now ready to be cut from the treaty for hand finishing and polishing.

The musical instruments available are indigenous ones like ‘narsimha’, ‘dama’, ‘dholke’, ‘jhyali’, ‘sehnai’, ‘tempu’ and ‘kernel’ as well as ‘dhyangro’, ‘bansuri’, ‘tungna’, ‘sarangi’ etc… There are also lots of curios from Tibet, mostly red wooden chests (presumably brought from monasteries), leather boxes, thankas (paintings), and even old chairs and carpets. One can also find ancient carved doors, various kinds of weapons, old jewelry, and such things in the shops.

Many prefer the simplicity of the Saint Francis by Artist Roelna. This statue stands 36″ high and will set your budget back $1251. Crafted in the microfusione acciaio, the genuine brass St Francis Statue is then finished in a bronze patina. Created by the South African artist Roelna, your statue will ship in approximately one to two weeks, but thanks to the individuality of this statue, it will be a delay you can live with quite easily.

While most of the early antiques were depictions of Hindu Deities, Budhist sculpture only started to appear in the valley from 5th century A.D. Among the earliest are the ‘Budha head’ (7th century A.D.), measuring 16cmx11cmx10cm and a 74cmx32cmx8cm ‘Budha’, (9th century A.D.). Among early Budhist literature, the ‘Arya Asthasahasrika prajnaparamite’, a manuscript written in Nilpatre with golden letters in Tibetan Uchhen script, dates back to the 13th century A.D.

The wax ring or Tiffany Coin Edge ring is then given to the @@@@ jeweler who then encases the wax sculpture in plaster. After the plaster that incases the wax ring or bracelet has cured and dried it is placed in a hot kiln so the wax piece inside of it can melt and burn out. What is removed from the kiln is a chunk of plaster that has the hollow shape of the ring or bracelet in it where the wax was.

Jewellery made by hand is jewellery which is made by the use of bending, twisting, hammering, filing sawing and soldering metal until it has the form of a piece of jewellery that the maker wants.

So the next time you see a bronze sculpture, you can appreciate it more because you know how much work went into creating that wonderful piece of art. It took a lot of time, patience and love.