«OM in the Sun»

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  Om (ॐ) is a sacred sound and a spiritual icon in Hindu religion. It is also a mantra in Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism.

Om is part of the iconography found in ancient and medieval era manuscripts, temples, monasteries and spiritual retreats in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism. The symbol has a spiritual meaning in all Indian dharmas, but the meaning and connotations of Om vary between the diverse schools within and across the various traditions.

In Hinduism, Om is one of the most important spiritual symbols (pratima). It refers to Atman (soul, self within) and Brahman (ultimate reality, entirety of the universe, truth, divine, supreme spirit, cosmic principles, knowledge). The syllable is often found at the beginning and the end of chapters in the Vedas, the Upanishads, and other Hindu texts. It is a sacred spiritual incantation made before and during the recitation of spiritual texts, during puja and private prayers, in ceremonies of rites of passages (sanskara) such as weddings, and sometimes during meditative and spiritual activities such as Yoga.

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Dear friends,
When choosing a color of your future tank drum, mind that the process of getting the right shade is much more complicated than simple painting. We would like you to know how we come up with those beautiful colors, and to understand that there are no two absolutely identical tank drums in the whole world, as well as there are no two totally identical people.

1. Purple-blue, blue-gray and purple-copper;
2. Golden-bronze;
3. Colored lacquers (varnishes);
4. Water annealing;
5. Artifact-Silver and Artifact-Copper;
6. Artifact-Silver + Colored lacquers;
7. Antique Bronze;
8. Polished Tricolor.

1. The standardized purple-blue, blue-gray, and purple-copper shades are obtained due to the steel annealing process. When heated to a certain temperature, the tank drum begins to change colors: first, it gets copper and gold shades, then purple, blue, and finally gray ones. If you heat the tank drum further, it will lose all the beautiful colors, so we only heat drums till they get blue-gray or livid shades. The annealing process cannot be controlled to the fullest extent, since it is normally performed at very high temperatures, whereas steel heats up unevenly, and the color at one area of the tank drum can change faster than at another one. It’s apparently a “live” process where a craftsman takes a very active part. As a result, we always get slightly different colors that make your drum unique in its own way. It’s applicable to tank drums with and without engravings. 



Purple-copper + sparkles:



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2. The usual golden-bronze shade is obtained using a similar process with only a single difference – the tank drum is coated with oil before heating. When heated, the oil gets a bronze gold color. It’s applicable to tank drums with and without engravings. 


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3. Colored lacquers (varnishes)
As there are no colors like pink, green, or orange in the annealing palette, we can get them by covering a tank drum with colored lacquers. Such an option can be also used if you want a plain (monotonous) color, say blue or purple. Colored lacquer coating is an extra option which costs $10 for 1 color, $15 for 2 colors, and $21 for 3 colors. It’s applicable to tank drums with and without engravings.

Green glossy lacquer: 

3 colored lacquers - violet, purple and blue: 

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4. Water annealing
The process is based on conventional annealing, whereby water is poured on the tank drum. As a result, it leaves some chaotic but eye-catching patterns. The patterns’ shape is not monitored, and the color itself is controlled to a much lesser extent than in normal annealing. If desired, you can combine such a processing with pigmented lacquers. It’s applicable to tank drums with and without engravings. Water leaves more traces on drums with no engravings because it runs down evenly over the entire surface. Water annealing is an additional option; its price is $15.

When choosing water annealing for a tank drum with engravings, mind that water runs down it unevenly and leaves patterns mostly on its smooth areas, usually on the instrument’s lateral side.

Water annealing + transparent glossy lacquer:

Water annealing + green glossy lacquer:

Water annealing + blue matt lacquer:

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The following colors are relevant ONLY for tank drums with engravings, since they have a relief that can be used to highlight the engraving in the general background.

5. The Artifact-Silver and Artifact-Copper colors are based on the same annealing process. First, we anneal the tank drum to a blue-purple shade, and then polish the top layer of its engraving (remove the oxide film). That’s how the Artifact-Silver color is made, so then we only have to cover it with a transparent varnish. If you heat the drum for a second time, the polished areas will get a gold shade that has a name of Artifact-Copper. When covered with a transparent varnish the tank drum gets completed.



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6. Colored lacquers are an excellent option that goes well with the Artifact-Silver color. If you want your engraving to be outlined beautifully against the general background, and to give your tank drum some bright hues at the same time, that option is your choice.

Artifact-Silver + green lacquer

Artifact-Silver + blue, purple and green lacquers 

Artifact-Silver + blue, purple and green lacquers 

Artifact-Silver + green lacquer

Artifact-Silver + purple (pink) lacquer 

Artifact-Silver + blue and purple lacquers  + Sparcles

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7. Antique Bronze color - turns out when we “bake” the tank drum in oil, polish the engraving, and anneal it again to give a copper-gold shade to the polished areas. That’s how the tank drum gets completed.

Antique Bronze:

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8. Polished Tricolor is probably the most complicated and ambiguous color. The essence of it is to get 3 different colors using annealing and polishing. Each craftsman makes it a little differently, so it looks different on various engravings. The craftsman chooses himself which areas to highlight in blue, purple, and copper. First of all, the tank drum is heated till it gets blue-purple shades, then the relief is polished, and separate parts are annealed to get blue, purple, and copper hues.

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