Through the microscope

I have been playing around with metal lacquer for the last few weeks. I have desperately been trying to figure out how the hot lacquering of microscopes was done. Information on lacquering metal is rather hard to come by and I want to use the original techniques, not modern lacquers. 

I have tried various recipes with varying degrees of success, in the next few days I should be receiving some sandarac and elemi in the post. I think these resins may be my secret weapons.

As soon as I get something close to perfect I shall post a picture. In the meantime here is a link to a very nice blog I stumbled upon; not metal lacquer, but very interesting just the same.

Recreating Western Lacquer using Historic Recipes – Day 1 | Marianne Webb.

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Comments on: "Recreating Western Lacquer using Historic Recipes – Day 1 | Marianne Webb" (4)

  1. If you haven’t already, try searching through JSTOR, the old journals are free and might provide just what you’re looking for.

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