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How Are Lac Bangles Made?
Raw materials like chapdi (black lac), orange chapdi
(light golden lac), beroza, giya pathar powder, coal,
sequins, semi- precious stones and colours in powder
form; pevdi (yellow), safeda (lithophone), mirgam
(copper), green, chamki (gold) are used in the making.
Tools used are angethi (coal burner with flat steel
plates/silla on top), kadai (shallow vessel), wooden
rod, stone piece, hattha for pressing and shaping lac,
iron bangles for sizing, tin foil, round wooden rod/khali
for shaping bangles, cutter, tool for picking sequins,
haddi or bone shaped wooden tool.
The process is that first the lac pieces are melted in a
shallow vessel or kadai. When it is in a semi-molten
state, the desired colours and beroza, giya pathar
powder are added to it. The mixture is then stirred
continuously. The coloured lac is now stuck on the end
of a wooden stick and left to dry. The lac (without
pigment) stuck around a wooden rod is heated slowly over
the coal burner or angethi and is simultaneously pressed
with a stone or a wooden tool called hattha at regular