Chinese Cracked Lacquer Finish

Chinese cracked lacquer effects
Chinese cracked lacquer effects
red crackled chinese lacquer
red crackled chinese lacquer

A large sheet of fabric (often a course, light cotton) is laid out on top of a flat even surface such as a large sheet of plywood or a tabletop. A even coating of “Nizi” – a kind of adhesive, is spread evenly over the surface of the material. The adhesive is then let to air dry for a short period of time. Lacquer is then brushed over-top the layer of “nizi” – usually at least five or six times depending on the desired thickness desired. This is then left to air dry for at least two or three days. Drying time depends on the humidy.After a few days when the lacquer has dried completely fine sandpaper is used to smooth out and polish the surface. The hardened, but fragile lacquer-coated fabric is then taken by one end of the fabric and lifted up, causing cracks in the surface of the lacquer as it is pulled up. Pieces are then cut to fit the surface of the furniture and the varies sheets placed on the sides of the piece. A coat of clear laquer is then applied to protect it.

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4 Comment

  1. Diane says:

    I read about the process of “cracked lacquer” by applying fabric, then lacquer. Doesn’t lacquer
    get a cracked surface after a period of time on its own? After what period of time does lacquer acquire a cracked surface? How do you tell if it is cracked due to age or to the process you have used here?

  2. Roger says:

    This is a good question – and the answer is worthy of a new posting. Stay tuned…

  3. Daniel says:

    I couldn’t understand some parts of this article duction furnitures. From the folks at (muebles chinos antiguos, mobilia cinese antica, Chinois – chinesische Möbel der Antike ), but I guess I just need to check some more resources regarding this, because it sounds interesting.

  4. I have Furniture blog.
    But you site is better than my.

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