applying aluminium power to the lacquer layer, the
paint applied over such a base will not grow dull. If
transparent paint is applied, the metal powder will shine
through; thereby producing an impressive effect.
Sometimes metal foil or mother of pearl pieces are used
as a base to paint on. They create a glow through the thin
layers of paint applied over them. I start a work by using
tracing paper to transfer my line drawing onto the primed base.
start a work by appling the first layer of paint to build up
the basic colors and shades.
The work is then dried in an
oven at 60 deg C.
This is neccessary because oil paint
requires a long time to dry at room temperature and paints
such as lamp black will not dry at all.
After this first layer
is dry, I apply a thin layer of lacquer and then the work is
again dried in an oven.
this step the details are carefully painted, the shades are
deepened, and the light is enhanced.
The work is again
dried, relacquered, and redried. After each relacquering,
the work is polished with pumice power.
This removes all
the small surface bubbles and roughness as well as
prepares the work for the next layer of painting.
is the last step or layer and the name speaks for
It is the time to put in accents, highlights, and the
finest of details.
Again the work is dried in an oven.
now come to the final step, appling 10 layers of lacquer
which are dried in an oven after each layer is applied.
last step is to make the box itself look splendid.
I use a small steel pen to paint an ornamental pattern on
the sides of the box.
After being relacquered no less than
10 times, the box must now be polished with the same oil
paint named "green rouge". A slow turning polishing
is used untill a glassy even surface is obtained.
polishing is done by hand. The box is now ready for