I will talk about Urushi today.
My basis is urushi artisan. So I have to brush up urushi skills first.

Usually, Urushi needs certain humidity and temperature for harden.
But I use “baking method” for harden.
Urushi has another property that hardens by placing a certain period of time at 200 ℃ from 100 ℃.
It’s good for jewelry, because heat kills enzymes which cause a rash.

Before I become urushi artisan, I was worried about a rash.
So I did patch test. Fortunately I did not have allergic to urushi.

Back to the topic.
Why do I use urushi instead of other painting materials? Because of I’m urushi artisan.
I do not consider that I’m jewelry artisan.
I was fascinated by the urushi which is a traditional craft.
Therefore, I’m not necessarily want to make jewelry, I want to make things that use a urushi.
I arrived at jewelry after I was thinking about what I can make something using urushi.
Also I want to proof that urushi and urushi and traditional techniques are superior than modern materials.
I’m not good enough for prove it right now. I must set the goal is high and, keep working hard.

That’s for now.
See you!


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今回は漆について話したいと思います。 私アクセサリーを主に作っているので、必要な技術は漆の技術だけでなく彫金の技術も必須です。 しかし、私は自分のことを漆職人だと考えているので、 漆の技術を基本として彫金技術とともに突き詰めていきたいと思っています。 そこで先ずは自分の根本である漆について。 私が自分の作品で主に使っている手法は以前も紹介しましたが「焼付け漆」という方法です。 通常漆は空気中の水分と漆の成分に含まれる酵素が結合して固まるという性質を利用しています。 ですので普通はある程度の湿度と温度が必要とされ、 「室(ムロ)」と呼ばれる専用の入れ物に入れて固まらせます。 しかし漆はもう一つ固まる方法があります。…