Singing bowls also called the healing bowls, can be traced back Asia as early as 2000 B.C. They are made of an alloy of seven different metals, connected to seven astrological planets, which create a range of different sounds and overtones. Those seven metals are gold-as sun, Silver-as Moon, Mercury- as Mercury, Copper- as Venus, Iron-as Mars, Tin- as Jupiter, and Lead- as Saturn. Some singing bowls format, depth, color, girth and composition are variable.
We carry 4 categories of singing bowls. Cast singing bowls are often painted with Tibetan designs on both sides. Hand hammered bowls are plain and provide a more complex sound. Hand hammered and painted bowls are made by hand and later painted to make it more visually appealing. Lastly, inside crafted singing bowls are cast singing bowls with additional crafting on the inside.
How to play a singing bowl:
Singing bowls sit with the bottom surface resting. The sides and rim of singing bowls vibrate to produce sound characterized by a fundamental frequency (first harmonic) and usually two audible harmonic overtones (second and third harmonic).
1) Place bowl on palm of one of your hands or on a cushion.
2) Slide/rotate the striker firmly around rim of the bowl with an even pressure and uniform speed to produce vibration/sound.
3) Another method is "gonging" or "striking" the bowls. This is a simple method of producing vibrations by striking the bowl with a wood or padded striker.
The pure sounds is produced when the rim is rubbed by the mallet which is said to put the brain into a meditative state. The vibrations of the singing bowls have the same wavelength found in the brainwaves that produce feelings of relaxation.
How a singing bowl is made:
New singing bowls are made in two ways, the best sounding new singing bowls are made by hand hammering, which is the traditional method. The modern method is by sand casting and then machine lathing. Machine lathing can only be done with brass, so machine lathed singing bowls are made with modern techniques and modern brass alloy. Machined bowls do not produce a sound comparable to hand made singing bowls.
Singing bowls were historically made throughout Asia, especially Nepal, China and Japan. They are closely related to decorative bells made along the silk road from the Near East to Western Asia. Eventhough today they are still made in several countries such as Nepal, India, Japan, China and Korea, the hand hammered ones made in Nepal are the best.