This continues our report from 8/16/2013 about the making of bronze bells.

Once the bronze has cooled, the plastic or metal framework is taken off the molds.

[photos and text by Soleri archive intern Julia Dorn-Giarmoleo]

The molds are thrown into a pile, breaking the sand apart and allowing the bells to be reached. Using hammers, the artisans shake out the excess sand from the interior of the bells and place the bells to the side.

Rawaf al Rawaf is sifting small pieces of bronze from the sand.

The sand is then cooled down with a spraying of water, swept back into a pile and fed through a machine which breaks up any clumps that may have formed. This prepares the sand to be used again.

This report continues on 8/21/2013.

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