If a bell has to be recast the original founder’s inscription can be reproduced on the new bell. Moulds of the inscription are made and lead is then melted and poured into them, producing an exact copy, together with the curvature of the bell. The lead patterns are then pressed into the wet clay as the new bell mould is made, reproducing the original inscription in facsimile when the new bell is cast.

Photo: Lead pattern inscriptions for a recast bell for Laxfield, Suffolk.