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The art of miniature enamel painting dates back to the 1500s. It is considered one of the noblest decorative arts. The craft began as a way for the nobility to capture the likeness of someone, either for personal or official purposes. It migrated into watchmaking about a hundred years later.
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The artisan starts by applying several layers of enamel on a solid-gold dial. The back of the dial is also enameled to prevent distortions of the metal. Each layer is individually fired at temperatures of around 800degC in a kiln. The enamel surface is then polished meticulously to create a canvas that the artist can use for miniature painting.
Colors are created using enamel powder, metal oxides, and pine oil. The paint is then applied to the dial by using a microscope and small brushes. The image is fixed forever by firing the result one more time.
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It was developed originally to decorate Samurai swords. The color of the gold/copper alloy, which is normally yellow, orange and brown in its natural state, was changed to a nuanced shade of black/gray.
In contrast to electroplating, which adds material to the surface, the process involves submerging a dial or component into a warm chemical bath known as a Rokusho. This transforms the colour of the alloy. To get the perfect color, it takes a lot of trial-and-error. If desired, the surface can be brushed for additional texture. Shakudo often combines with other decorative techniques like engraving, damascening, andcarving.