The art of making a bell
The art of making fine-tuned church bells, chimes and carillons has not changed much over the last three thousand years, but the technical innovations in the last few centuries make it much easier to design and make the bell. Every Verdin cast bronze bell is handcrafted, starting with a specially constructed mold. A false bell and an exterior mold, called the cope, are created individually for each bell. When the false bell is removed, a space is exposed just large enough to receive a measured amount of precisely formulated molten copper and tin. After cooling for days, the mold is broken apart to release the bell and the mold is never used again.