The Nirmal toys are made up of locally available “Ponki Chekka” which is very light and flexible and can be cut into desired shapes and sizes depending upon the toy to be made. Then various parts of the toy are glued together by specially prepared glue and coated with “Chinta Lappam”, which is prepared from sawdust and boiled tamarind seeds and coated with white clay, which smoothens any ridges and depressions if any in the toys. The toys are then dried and finally coloured with brilliant colours. Mostly indigenously prepared hues are used for colouring the toys. Very rare and occasional use of synthetic colours is done.
The making of the wall plaques or the artifacts slightly varies from that of making toys. The wood, which is being used here, is teak, which is well-finished on the lathe before painting the predefined design. Then the plaque is sprayed with Duco paint in the desired background colours, the artist then paints the already determined design. The quality of paintings is very high with intricate designs.
Selection of Wood, Cutting and Carving