The Tibetan mandala is a tool for gaining wisdom and compassion and generally is depicted as a tightly balanced, geometric composition wherein deities reside. The principal deity is housed in the center. The mandala serves as a tool for guiding individuals along the path to enlightenment. Unique to Tibetan Buddhism, sand mandalas are believed to effect purification and healing. Typically, a great teacher chooses the mandala to be created, and monks consecrate the site with sacred chants and music.
The Mandala disc center piece is created in a similar way. I choose the metal, fire it and work it in a counter clockwise motion. Hammering the texture into the metal until reaching the center. And yes, listening to music and sometimes singing:-) I feel a great inner peace while creating these Mandala discs. This is the first of many to come. It has great energy. Sits perfectly over the heart chakra.
I utilized many old beads in this particular piece. Rudraksha beads, Tibetan Mala bone beads with silver inlay, African copal/amber trade beads, Ethiopian copper beads, silk tassel, Copper fold form and Repoussé on leather.