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.

Khyungchen Aro Lingma

Khyungchen Aro Lingma


3 responses

  1. Hey, these as fantastic. Are they silver? That’s great work Shédröl – I envy your talent. Ours are the standard Himalayan sort-of-copper-ish alloy, but the silver is just remarkable.

    May 18, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    • Yes, they are silver and were both frustrating and delightful to work on. I believe that Pema Zangmo might have completed the tails and I must ask her for a photograph to post.

      Working from new is nice but working on old items is a wonderful way of being connected with silversmiths in far away places and far away times. It is quite a responsibility and also an honour to be asked to alter something which might be extremely old and precious.

      May 18, 2012 at 8:01 pm

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