• Raw Materials:
The primary raw material is brass which is collected from brass scrap or used brass utensils. The scrap is available from local traders for Rs. 220/- to Rs. 250/- per kg.
The black soil is collected from beds of the fields.
Rice husk is procured from mill. It is mixed with soil as clay tends to break while drying. It also prevents the cracking of mould during firing.
It is obtained from the riverbanks. This red colored soil is soft & easy to shape & mould. It facilitates good final shape & finishing of the product.
It is mixed with river soil, which allows the wax to melt out of the cast.
The fine clay is collected from termite bills.
Lima bean (sem patta) leaves picked up from the plants due to their water content.
It generally obtained from nearby forests.
The common tools used are:
- Wooden Mallet,
- Phichki-Pharni (Hand-held press),
- Wire brushes.