In Tibetan Buddhism (as in Hinduism), the five metals (pancholoha) are corrolated with the five elements. Alloys of the five metals are used to cast statues, make bells and bowls, and other ritual items.
A. Does anyone know for sure
what the Tibetan
five metals are (as opposed to various Hindu lists)?
B. Does anyone know anything about the process of alloying them?
The issue is that iron (a ferrous metal), does not easily alloy with non-ferrous metals, such as copper, silver, and gold. If anyone knows how this is/can be done, I'd much appreciate hearing about it.
(P.S. For 5-6 years I was a craft jeweler and for another 3-4 years I did a lot of welding and fabrication with iron/steel. So I'm reasonably adept at working with metals, both in terms of fabrication and casting. IOW, don't hesitate to get technical.)