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Justin Grant

Inlay on Tanehashima

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I am curious how the silver and or gold was inlaid inside of the carvings on barrels? Anyone know the process? I have a dragon carved on a barrel that had the last vestiges of silver left in a few speck areas, and wondered who it was applied, so I could contemplate reinstalling.

 

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Justin

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Justin,  I have exactly the same problem. What they do is chisel the outline and details and then add the silver using the normal nunome zogan technique of cross-hatching the surface and applying silver foil inside the outline.

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That’s my limit too. Nunomé zogan is applied to cross-hatching on the surface, and Hon zogan is metal that is forced into deeper hollows cut with tagané cold chisels into the surface.

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