Metal craft has been in existence right from ages, and some of the rare metal idols created by India’s artisans command great demand in the international market. This is the potential of metal crafts, made in India. Metals is always considered an ideal material for creating stunning pieces of jewelry, handicrafts and other artistic items. The process of oxidation refers to a form of conversion coating which is applied for ferrous materials as well as stainless steel, copper and few other copper-based alloys. The process also makes use of zinc, powdered metals, and silver solder etc. It is used for making exquisite mythological figures and idols, with mild corrosion resistance and fine appearance.
This process of oxidation also involves impregnating with oil or wax. This process mainly involves application of a black finish, to one or more extent, wherein the items are immersed in an oxidizing solution like potassium sulphide or other chemical solutions that gives it a superior appearance. Oxidation process is considered unique, because it creates contrast in the mold. Hence, it is used as a background for highlighting a raised element in a particular design. Indian artisans are skilled in the process of metallurgy wherein the end products are highly appealing in the domestic handicrafts and art market. The oxidized form of sterling silver shows a lovely matte blackish surface and it ushers wonderful gun metal luster.
The process of oxidizing silver turns the surface of the metal into black. Metals like Sulphur is also used for the purpose of oxidizing black metal artefacts. A shiny finish which is imparted for oxidized black metal is very appealing as it ushers an aura of classic appearance.
The artisans involved in this art evolve new, innovative yet traditional carvings in the modern era, which enhances the attractiveness and popularity of artefacts. Artisans of Maharashtra, Telangana, Rajasthan and few other regions in India are skilled in this process, which is used for creating attractive and artistic metal craft items. This form of treatment is also called as patina wherein it is only a surface treatment and it doesn’t alter the internal characteristics of these metals. The artisans involved in creating these outstanding pieces are highly skilled, while the idols share a close resemblance to real images with highly decorative carvings and clear expressions. The idols of Lakshmi, Radha Krishna, Sai Baba, Nataraj, Ganesha, Laughing Buddha, Lord Venkateshwara. Goddess Saraswathi and other idols like that of Horse, Cow etc., are created with oxidized metals. The superior shine, classy finish and appealing carvings makes these items, quite popular among other metal crafts.