Chinese Lacquer Finish

Does anyone have or know where to find information on re-creating an oriental lacquer finishes for wood work?
Thanks,
Roger
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wrote:

Ship it to Vietnam, have it refinished there, ship it back. It works out cheaper.
True oriental lacquer is based on urushiol. You can't get the materials in the West, you can't store them for long, you can't get it to cure (without building a drying room) and no-one hereabouts is familiar with working it. So it's a bit of a non-starter to do it locally ! (and believe me, I've tried)
If you're really interested, an excellent (if expensive) read on the subject is Marianne Webb's book, "Conservation and Technology of Lacquer " <(Amazon.com product link shortened)>
(It's cheaper to buy it from the Amazon UK site at present) <(Amazon.com product link shortened)>
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Andy,
Thanks for your reply. I was expecting something of that nature. How about a faux finish? Anyone have insight on them?
Roger

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I got a very nice Oriental low table at a flea market. I know next to nothing a about this kind of furniture but its ornate and handmade with folding legs. I assumed it had a laquer finish but it turned out to be plain old enamel. If you'd like to see it : http://www.edswoods.com/woodpile.htm
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wrote:

I use shellac for this, but I'm still very much a beginner when it comes to colouring it.
I did these over the Summer. http://codesmiths.com/shed/things/knives/#aikuchi
The red-brown ones are locally mined red ochre (from Clearwell Caves) and worked beautifully. I've also used vermillion (mercury sulphide) as a pigment that's closer to the traditional lacquer colour.
The black ones OTOH were Liberon's commercial black shellac and completely ruined my Summer ! I don't know if it was the heat this year, or if the shellac was old - but I couldn't get a decent finish on the damned things. And of course, I had a customer who was waiting for one... Took me about three months to get a finish I was happy with (mainly waiting for it to get cooler).
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TransTint dyes can be used in shellac. www.homesteadfinishing.com
On Fri, 05 Dec 2003 03:27:54 +0000, Andy Dingley

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