colour of a bell depends on the bronze used for the fusion. Bronze is an alloy of
copper and tin, in varying proportions. Copper is reddish, while tin is silver colour.
A larger amount of tin will produce a bell characterised by a more silvery colour
and a sharper sound. Likewise, if a bell has a colour verging on yellow, it is usually
made of a lower quality alloy.
does the sound of a bell depend on?
bells that are produced with the same alloy, the difference is in the very form of
the bell: each foundry has its own peculiar design, a different shape and different
thicknesses that will produce a different sound.
come you still produce bells using artisan techniques? Are there any other ways of
casting a bell?
exist different foundry techniques to obtain a bell. Despite knowing other casting
techniques we, at Allanconi Foundry, have chosen to continue the artisan tradition,
primarily for three reasons: first, our strong determination to preserve a cultural
heritage that has been handed down for centuries and which lives in all our work,
allowing us to keep alive a knowledge that would otherwise disappear forever. Second,
there are ecological reasons: the artisan fusion respects the environment and our
health to a greater extent. We only use natural raw materials, most of which locally
sourced; by recycling all production waste and purchasing industrial sands - the
latter mainly used already - we do not produce any waste. And it is precisely for
this reason that we can create cheaper products, because we don't have disposal costs.
Finally, and we say this with a bit of pride, because these artisan techniques allow
us to create unique pieces characterised by high-level artistic quality and sound,
appreciated throughout the world.
long will a bell last?
bells, if played correctly, have a potentially eternal life.
is the 'melting loss'?
melting loss, in effect, should never take place during a fusion: it happens when
bronze oxidises, which will result in a poor-quality artefact. In a perfectly executed
fusion, bronze must never become oxidised, and a skilled artisan knows how to avoid