Monthly Archives: August 2013

Asian Lacquer Sample Boards Post 8 – Bubbles and Wrinkles

For my research I want to compare the working properties and long term aging characteristics of three types of urushi, transparent urushi processed in Japan from Chinese urushi, Black Roiro urushi processed in Japan from Chinese urushi, Black Roiro of … Continue reading

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Post 7 Asian Lacquer Samples Boards – Sealing the Ground

With the grinding of the ground layers complete all that is left to do before beginning the finish coats is to seal the ground. There are two options. One way is to apply raw urushi, let it soak in, and … Continue reading

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Asian lacquer sample boards – Post 6 “Urushi work is…”

In 1995 I had pleasure of a brief stay at Murose, Kazumi’s studio in Tokyo to learn the basics of lacquer work. It was a very intensive time and several colleagues each undertook parts of my education. I had brought … Continue reading

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Asian Lacquer Sample Boards – Post 5 Ground Layers

Ground layers The universal purpose of a ground layer in lacquer objects is to provide a smooth surface for the lacquer on top. Despite the fact that ground layers are not seen they have a great impact on the quality … Continue reading

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Asian lacquer – Post 4 Opening the urushi

Getting out the urushi. I have to admit I was a little nervous about actually beginning to work with urushi again. In fact I could be considered almost obsessive about not getting a rash. My first experience with urushiol was … Continue reading

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Asian Lacquer – Post 3 Standards and Substrate

Criteria for the Sample Boards For my study of watermarks I wanted to create surface that are commonly found on museum objects. Recent improvement in the method of analyzing Asian lacquer using pyrolysis-gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (Py-GC/MS) has yielded very interesting … Continue reading

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Asian lacquer sample boards: Post 2 – setting up the workshop

There are a number of factors I took into consideration in setting up my workshop for Asian lacquer. Isolation, ventilation, and control of the relative humidity being the ones I was most concerned about. Isolation Isolation may seem a bit … Continue reading

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Asian lacquer sample boards – Introduction

Welcome to my blog on Asian lacquer. Over the next few weeks you will be able to follow my progress on making sample boards using several different types of Asian lacquer. I am undertaking this project because in January 2014 … Continue reading

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