Rubber mold making and PoP molding are the two steps used for making Idol. Rubber mold is purchased from mold makers. Silicone rubber is the material in mold sheet preparation. A masterpiece of the idol is carved and used in the preparation of mold. Rubber sheets are obtained as two halves instead of mold box. Thermocol and coir is used to support the rubber sheets. Two half of the rubber mold for idol making is tied tightly with the use of tire tube strips.
In the preparation of PoP mixture, a ratio of two kilogram PoP powder is mixed with one liter of water which dissolves in water easily. Now PoP powder is gradually mixed with water, from side by side until it reaches a uniform and smooth consistency without forming lumps.
Making of the Idol:
The PoP mixture is poured into the rubber mold and wobbled to spread the PoP paste evenly to the complex contours and the extra paste is removed. The PoP paste is again poured into mold to blend the mixture thicker. And the PoP chock-full mold is dried under sun light, for about 30 minutes to 1hour approximately.
The idol is ejected manually with care by opening the 2 halves of the mold. The revealed idol is kept for drying in direct sunlight for 4to 5 hours, to avoid flaws. Different body parts of the idol are sculpted using clay and then attached, in case if the idols with twisted hands or legs.
Beautifying the Idol-Sand paper is used for sanding the surface to make smooth. Idol is painted with black color, which is the mixture of (black water, color, varnish and kerosene). Different sizes of brushes are used while painting the idols. After black color glaze, the idol is blown up with glittering gold, copper, silver and chromatic colors. Painting of Pop idols consists of several steps, which add value.