Born from a land of extremes--the deserts of India's northwestern frontier--steel, bronze, sand, and fire combine to create bells with a range of tones that are primally mesmerizing. Each bell is beaten into shape by hand, then baked under the sand in make-shift kilns. This annealing gives each bell its unique tone and patina. A network of artisans linked by a cooperative keeps this ancient skill alive.
Each size of bell has a different song, creating a soothing mingling of tones when hung together. Handmade by artisans in Gujerat, India. Due to the handmade process, each piece completely unique. Sold individually.
Steel coated with copper.
Please note, this bell will beatifully and naturally verdigris with time if used outside. However, if you prefer its natural color, you can use lemon, lemon juice, and salt to remove the verdigris.
MEET THE ARTISANS: Handcrafted by Janmamad Luhar in the Kutchchi desert region of western India. Janmamad employs an ancient technique of bell-making, passed on to him through generations. The bells are formed from sheets of recycled steel. They are beaten into shape by hand, then dipped in copper. Women make a dough that they pat around the bells; the bells are then buried under the hot desert sand in a kiln. The heat anneals the metals, welding them into bronze, giving each piece its unique patina. After firing, each bell is individually hand-tuned by Janmamad Luhar. This is what truly makes each piece utterly unique!