The Art of Cloisonné

Polishing and Gilding

Polishing


The first polish is with energy. The worker fixes the objects onto a bearing and, using sandstone together with water, polishes them. Its aim is to make the filigree and the filled compartments even.


The whole piece is then put into the fire again and polished once more with a wet stone.


Finally, the product is polished with a piece of hard carbon to work up some lustre on the surface of the object.


Gilding


The exposed metal filigree is electroplated with gold or silver to prevent oxidation from dulling the filigree. Then the object will be given a final polish.




 
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