Nepalese Metal Craft
include metal images of popular god and goddesses of Hinduism and
Buddhism and utilitarian utensils. These products are mostly produced by
household units clustered around the city of Lalitpur (Patan) and the
district of Bhojpur in east Nepal.
In Nepal, making metal images is a
very old art. These are produced with the lost wax method of casting.
This method of casting is done by preparing a wax model, covering it
with varieties of clay, heating the piece so that the wax is melted ,
extract the liquid wax so that cavity is created , pouring metal into
the cavity , cool it and the original model is translated into the metal
image. The metal image out of the casting is very rough. Rough image is
then made smooth chiseling is done to bring precision. The metal statue
is then painted as per the specifications of religion or as per the
request of the client.This complicated job requires an artist's
conception, proper technology, an engineer's perfection and the skillful
hands of a craftsman.
The art and skill is transferred
from generation to generation and artisans follow the age-old designs
and production technology. Today items like paper knife, spoon and forks
with traditional designs are added to the range. Sculpting metal is a
lengthy procedure that requires great skill. A large piece of art can
take up to six months to create and several people need to work on it.