The right care for your singing bowl
Singing bowls contain different metals and therefore are prone to develop galvanic elements, which is a state of tension between two kinds of metal (corrosion). This corrosion can be furthered when those metals get in touch with salty or acidic fluids. Because of these reactions you can tell when a bowl has been in touch with saltwater, or e.g. chlorinated pool water, and was not cleaned properly afterwards. After a while parts of copper will appear on the surface and leave a reddish-brown stain. For this reason a singing bowl should always be kept clean and protected from salty and acidic fluids.
Humidity never is the best friend of a metal singing bowl, therefore of you live in an environment that has a high level of humidity you might want to cover your bowl when not using it.
In general you can protect your singing bowl with a thin layer of mustard or coconut oil. If you use mustard or coconut oil, make sure you polish it well, so the grease does not leave stains on clothes for example.
If you are having a singing bowl and feel it might need a little clean, because stains start showing up or simply the natural patina of using your bowl develops and/ or you would like to protect your bowl, maybe you would like to try the following:
Dissolve four to five tablespoons of salt in one cup (150-200ml) of basic household vinegar and let this mixture sit in on the surface of your bowl for about three to five minutes (to induce a galvanic process). Afterwards you need to cleanse the surface with lots of clear water until no salt or acid residue is left. Then you have to dry off your bowl completely with a soft towel and very lightly cover it with bee wax, mustard- or coconut oil. This protective layer needs to be rubbed in until no residue is left when placing it on clothes or alike. Your bowl can also be cleaned with a brass cleaner. But take care that the product will not leave any scratches. The color of a metal singing bowl will change with time, depending on how often it has been cleaned. In order to preserve the golden shine it should be cleaned regularly (about every other month). (Source Peter Hess Institute).
Most of us have basic household vinegar and salt at home so the above can be a great way of taking care of your metal singing bowl.
Please take note that the above works great for Christine, nevertheless Christine cannot take responsibility for any person cleaning their bowl at home.
Of course it is up to your taste which patina your bowl shall have. Cleaning has generally no influence on the sound of the bowl. Only if over a very long period of time metal is removed through cleaning it can result in a minor change of sound. (Source Peter Hess Institute)
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