I have been making a copper band for a gÇod (Chod) drum, drawing and cutting some copper skulls.
Here is a photograph of one of the ngakru that I have put silver on so that they can be used in practice. This one belongs to Lama Shé-zér. As you can imagine, this work takes quite a bit of time. Designing and fitting silver to natural material like animal horn requires care and attention. Lamas Shé-zér and Namgyal were given the horns by Lama Bar-ché Dorje as presents to celebrate their marriage.
I am working on some mélongs for two friends. They will be used as part of their buddhist practices.
People often think that the last jobs- engraving and polishing- are the end but this is when one slip of a graver or some poor concentration when polishing can almost ruin a good piece.
I still need to increase the doming as well as engraving two circles that go around each mélongs. I will also have to add 4 sets of three small circles on each. Quite a way to go.
When the metal work is complete then a cho-phen (reality flag or tail) is attached.