Have you often wondered how furniture makers and craftsmen produce a high gloss look on their furnishings? Or what it takes to achieve a luster look for a high gloss application?
Lacquers are clear and colored varnishes or a type of resin very similar to shellacs, except lacquer finishes last a little longer. They're often applied by hand using a rubbing and polishing process dipped in sesame oil with a cotton cloth. The painting process is usually applied layer by layer with up to 7 to 10 coats. And their base colors are black ink, sunglow red, apricot yellow, or a greenish blue.
In Japanese lacquers, lots of mother of pearl inlays, and carefully arranged colored stones produce intricate designs. Designs of this type produced on wood, give much character to the piece and provide a more traditional look.
Lacquer designs have become so prevalent that watch companies are incorporating them into their pieces. The Chopard Urushi watch uses the traditional crafts of Japan painting art into their designs.
Lacquer glass is very popular and offers an opulent look in modern urban design. Kitchen areas now incorporate lacquer gloss finishes in panels, cabinets, countertops, and doors. Platform beds in lacquer have become a unique style of contemporary furnishings. And, lacquered glosses used in dining sets are extremely popular which add a twist to the ultra-modern design.
For both styles of lacquer designs in traditional and contemporary, each offer a unique and classy style. The traditional styles provide depth, dimension and character and the contemporary styles give a chic and ultra modern look.