material preparation and base making
Raw wood is roughly carved and then sanded into shape .
This is the process of preparing the wooden base surface for lacquering by sanding the wood joints and burs, and by reinforcing the weak parts. In Wajima-nuri, very unique methods are used for this purpose such as Nunokise -- covering weak parts with cloth or Jitsuke -- using baked and crushed diatomite called Jinoko. The subtle shape of the base material is also shaped in this process.
Mid-coating-lacquer is applied over the material using a brush to make the piece more sturdy.
Final coating is performed using high quality lacquer in a dust-free room specially designed for the final application. First any dust is removed using a dust-removing-brush, then lacquer is roughly applied using a special brush and then the process is completed by careful application with a finishing-brush.
After the final coat has dried, the finished piece is polished repeatedly with charcoal while rubbing lacquer into the surface until the surface shines transparently like a mirror.
A design drawn on Japanese paper is placed on the lacquerware. The copied design is traced with lacquer. Gold or silver powder is sprinkled over it. Again, lacquer is applied over the pattern. Then, the material is polished to bring out the luster of gold and silver.
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