Cloisonné

Tags @GreatRail #GrandTourOfChina
Today we had a fascinating stop at a Cloisonné factory (Nope, I didn’t know what Cloisonné was either until I came to China.)

How is it made? The base product is a copper shape – vase, pot, jewellery and on to this is hand fastened a basic design in copper wire.

The wire design becomes progressively more intricate as it passes through the process.

Into the recessed areas created by the addition of the wire to the surface, enamel powder is fixed and then baked to a glaze in multiple layers.

The product is then polished and further glazed before the wire is gilded and then tire process completed.

And these are the finished product, detailed and beautiful. The final picture of the red and gold vase was made by a 75 year old artist – his eyes must be better than mine!

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