Producing distortion free images the art of making metal mirrors has long been practiced in various parts of the old world. By 1400 BC, bronze containing as much as 30 weight percent in tin were used to create mirrors. Although brittle, high – tin bronzes also known as speculum metal, yielded a highly polished surface and clear reflected image.

The art of making metal mirrors by casting and polished copper-tin bronze was well understood in India and these mirrors were very popular for their clarity, Indeed, the ancient art of making metal mirrors is still practiced without modification, by a few family-based artisans in Aranmula, a small village in southern India. As traditional as the mirror making technology is the artisan’s belief that the composition of the metal-mirror is divine and that some undisclosed metal alloy with the copper and tin are responsible for the distortion free images.

Keep under room temperature away from heat and dust. Do not touch by fingers on the reflective surface. Finger prints with moisture should be cleaned off immediately preventing corrosion.

Sprinkle red oxide powder, blue or talcum powder on the mirror and hold it in a slant position allowing the dust and other particles rolled off from the reflective surface. Use cotton wool and rub the surface very softly and smoothly in vertical direction. In case of any fungus formation just uses few drops of edible oil on the affected portion with the fingers and rubs it for one or two minutes and then cleans it as mentioned above. The red oxide process of cleaning can be repeated continuously five times or until you get the original reflection.

Do not use any other metal polish on the mirror.
Frame Polishing: On the frame use any metal polish (Only on the frame)

Aranmulai Kannadi

This metal resembles the glass mirror in every respect and any object placed against it, is reflected with complete clarity without any reflection in as much as the image falls just on top of the surface of the metal mirror where the image falls on the mercury coated surface inside the glass.



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