Through the microscope

Here it is, my first perfect piece of lacquering. It’s been six months since I started this mission. I have messed around with lacquer recipes, I have altered resin proportions, I have tried different polishing methods, different cloths and brushes, different temperatures and finally I have success.

One of the keys to success has been a sunny day – not generally something I can control but it certainly makes a difference.

Getting the finish on the metal right has been challenging. I don’t want the microscope to look like a reproduction but I don’t want it to be full of pits and bumps either. Restoring an antique microscope has to be done sensitively, I’m going for old but in good nick, not brand-new-reproduction made in a  Chinese factory.

I’m very pleased. Now I have to do the rest of the microscope to the same standard.

No flash was used on these pictures. 

lacquering 3 lacquering 2 lacquering 1

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Comments on: "Hot lacquering of brass" (6)

  1. karl starzinger said:

    My Hat is off to you. KJ

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  2. Wow great…you have done so many efforts for this lacquering piece which provides clear images without blurs and provides a better finish. Keep going on like this 🙂

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  3. Roland Mortimer said:

    Haven’t you tried an air brush to get an even film of lacquer very quickly.

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  4. Roland Mortimer said:

    I make up these lacquers too, the formulas recommend turmeric for yellow but I use a tiny amount of a fluorescent dye used in microscopy called auramine o, it’s very intense so you have to use very little.

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