The Art of Cloisonné

Enamel Filling

This step involves applying colours to the body of the object that has had the pattern applied already.

 

The colour or enamel is like the glaze on ceramic pieces and is called 'falang'.  Falang is basically made up of boric acid, saltpetre and alkaline.

 

All of the colours are ground by hand into a fine powder and workers have a number of colours in front of them as they apply each colour to the compartments that are separated by the copper strips on the object.




 
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