in its natural form actually comes from the sap produced by
the Rhus verniciflua tree found in Japan.
Interestingly, lacquer has been used for more than
1,500 years as a material to coat objects.
Although lacquer was originally used for
preservation, it later became a substance used to decorate
and enhance furniture and accessories.
which is gold lacquer, the designs are produced by a variety
of small gold flecks that are applied.
The gold is sprinkled from a tube that has a tiny
screen cover on the top so the design is created only in the
top portions of the lacquer. Once this is done, a layer of translucent lacquer is brushed
over the gold speck layer, which is then polished after it
hardens to show the magnificent decoration.
Keep in mind
when using lacquer that in between each layer, it must cure
in a humidor for the hardening to be achieved.
Once the lacquer is hardened, the surface is then
process is repeated for each layer used until the final goal
is met. The one
challenge with lacquer is that this material has a natural
toxic component that is very similar to poison sumac.
how the lacquer is used, it can resemble a painting,
incorporating pictorial imagery.
However, lacquer is different from painting since the
images are made from precious metals.
As mentioned, lacquer is commonly made using gold
specks, silver, or other types of metal particles.
The lacquer works with these particles to adhere to
them and once hardened, the two materials create an amazing,
lustrous adamantine image.
to the metal, another method was used, consisting of the use
of Paper Mache. For
this, a box made of Paper Mache was primed with a specific
type of glue along with stone powder.
The next step involved putting a layer of burn clay
on the wood or frame with wet lacquer and water.
Once dried, the surface was scrubbed using a pumice
the surface was polished using delicate powder of whet.
From there, the color tone was determined by the
ingredient added, which could be cinnabar, gum-gut, or
thing about lacquer is that not only is it beautiful but
extremely strong. Because
the lacquer pieces designed in Japan are so intricate, they
would fit nicely into any décor and because of the material
used, they are durable, providing you with years of