Akan Brass Casting

by Raymond Silverman
University of Michigan

Cire perdue (lost-wax) brass casting, Buoyem, Brong Ahafo, Ghana, April 1980. Photo by Raymond Silverman.

The first stage of the process involves pulverizing charcoal with a mortar and pestle, and then grinding it into a fine powder using a grinding stone. The powdered charcoal is then mixed with clay and water. Osei Kojo is seen on the left rolling a small amount of the charcoal and clay mixture between his hands to form the balls that will serve as the cores for the crotals he is fabricating.