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Shellac: The European Lacquer

Shellac is a resin secreted by the female Kerria lacca bug on trees in the forests of India and Thailand. It is processed and sold as dry flakes and dissolved in alcohol to make liquid shellac, which is used as a wood high-gloss varnish in the western world.

Lapidary Work

Lapidary is the practice of shaping stone, minerals, or gemstones into decorative items such as cabochons, engraved and faceted gems, using techniques such as cutting, grinding, and polishing. Another specialized form of lapidary work is the inlaying of marble and gemstones into a marble matrix. This technique is known as pietra dura, for the hardstones …

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Maki-e lacquered pen

This technique is the most used technique in Japanese lacquer decoration. The maki-e is often combined with other techniques.

Stone carved animals

A gold, hardstone and gem-set model of a hatching chick finely carved of solid amethyst with ruffled feathers emerging from a chalcedony cracked shell, realistically chased gold feet standing on broken eggshell agate base, with faceted gem set eyes. The purple chick is probably meant to represent the “blue orpington” breed. A fine collection of …

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Japanese lacquer

The characteristic of Japanese lacquerware is the use of a decoration technique in which metal powder is sprinkled to attach to liquid lacquer.

Micromosaic

Micromosaics (or micro-mosaics) are a special form of mosaic that uses unusually small mosaic pieces (tesserae) of glass to make figurative images.