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Work In Progress : Bamboo container

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Clive
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Work In Progress : Bamboo container

Postby Clive » Sat Aug 27, 2016 9:27 pm

Hi there,

I've been documenting a Urushi project on Facebook that some of you not on there might find informative.

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Re: Work In Progress : Bamboo container

Postby Clive » Sat Aug 27, 2016 9:32 pm

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Re: Work In Progress : Bamboo container

Postby Clive » Sat Aug 27, 2016 9:37 pm

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Re: Work In Progress : Bamboo container

Postby Clive » Sat Aug 27, 2016 9:51 pm

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Re: Work In Progress : Bamboo container

Postby Clive » Sat Aug 27, 2016 10:01 pm

So that's basically where I'm up to at the moment..

In the sequence above I've left out pictures of a number of repeated steps.. but basically all the black urushi currently on the the inside and the top of the lid is undercoat in preparation for the steps that will create the final deeply polished black that will form the background for the subsequent Makie decoration.

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Re: Work In Progress : Bamboo container

Postby chonchon » Sat Aug 27, 2016 11:25 pm

That's looking so good, Clive. Fascinating so far!
Piers

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Re: Work In Progress : Bamboo container

Postby jbjtennyo » Sun Aug 28, 2016 12:09 am

What a huge creative journey, and it is simply beautiful. I love the natural speckling in the bamboo and what it brings to the shape of it. What a process, Clive. Thank you for sharing it.
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Re: Work In Progress : Bamboo container

Postby Tama » Sun Aug 28, 2016 3:09 am

I love it! I love the bamboo grain. Will the grain be left to shine for itself? The urushi is so rich and glossy! I can't wait to see the next steps.

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Re: Work In Progress : Bamboo container

Postby AFNetsuke » Sun Aug 28, 2016 4:54 am

Marvelous. Did you have to make a drying cabinet for the urushi? Looks like 83% relative humidity. How long do you have to dry it?
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Re: Work In Progress : Bamboo container

Postby Clive » Sun Aug 28, 2016 10:08 am

Hi All,

Thanks for the replies and questions.

Glad your enjoying it Judy and Piers.

Jill.. yes the bamboo parts that are not black will remain so in the final piece save for a few bits of Makie decoration that in places extends out of the black areas and there is a small crack in the bamboo on the side that I will decorate Kintsugi style. I have as yet entirely decided on a design for the decoration but I do want to mimic in some way the natural dots in the bamboo.. to help bring the piece together. On the inside I'm toying with the idea of giving the inside bowl a weaving effect..

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Well will see..

For the general motif of the design I'm leaning towards something to do with bats..
Something along these lines..
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Alan.. Yes my Furo (curing cabinet) has Temperature and Humidity control.. in the image to which you refer, the humility of the box is indeed 83% and the temp just over 25°C (77°F). I'm finding however that with Urushi understanding the precise combination of humidity and temp is absolutely critical to achieve the best possible cure. Sometimes it's better to slow the curing, other times you want it fast depending on the specific thickness of the urushi and the particular type used. For the thicker putty, which is a mix of raw urushi mixed with very fine powered clay and diatomaceous earth (Tonoko and Jinoko) I used earlier in the sequence for instance, I gave it about 2 weeks to cure sufficiently enough for the next stage.. the general curing however will continue for a long time and every now and then I simply leave my project in the box for a month or so to allow it to "relax".

For a general overview of the process and for the more Japanese technical terms that relate to the various stages I'm following in this first phase of the work.. see here
http://www.urushi-kobo.com/process.html
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