Blinking Lights: A Glimpse into Antique Japanese Inlay Technique Nunome Zogan by Elisa Deval

Workshop  /  Technics   ProfessionalPractice   Making  /  13 Nov 2020  -  15 Nov 2020
Published: 21.10.2020

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This workshop will cover the basics of Nunome-Zogan or waive-inlay in English. The technique allows the inlay of silver and gold patterns onto iron and copper-based alloys such as Shakudo and Shibuichi. During the darkening process the colour of the base metals will turn into different shades of black, grey and blue black. This effect emphasizes the silver and gold inlays. It’s possible to create anything from subtle glittering gold traces to big and intricate motifs on top of the dark metal background.
  • Creation of the base texture on different types of metal using a particular chisel.
  • Execution of the silver (or gold) inlay based on one’s individual design.
  • Polishing of the samples.
  • Darkening of the samples with the Rokusho coloring technique.
  • Besides samples it’s possible to create some simple pieces of jewelry.
  • Tools and non-precious materials as well as handouts on the course are supplied by the school
Basic jewellery making experience is required.

Dates and hours: 13 - 15 Nov, 2020. Fri: 5 - 8 pm. Sat - Sun: 9 am - 1 pm; 2 - 5 pm.
Location: Alchimia, contemporary jewellery school in Firenze, Piazza Piattellina 3R
Price: 488€ (Vat included).

About the teacher:
Elisa Deval studied in Alchimia Contemporary Jewellery School under the guidance of Manfred Bischoff. After graduating in year 2006 she has been active as a jewellery designer and maker, exhibiting in international fairs and galleries. In 2009 she started a research in Japan, on local metal techniques, after which she specialized in the Nunome Zougan inlay technique. Since 2011 she has been continuously giving workshops on Nunome Zougan and the colouring of Japanese alloys. Starting 2014 Elisa joined Alchimia’s team where she teaches jewellery making, in the Intensive Course offered by the school.
Work by Elisa Deval. .
Work by Elisa Deval.

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