Papier-mache — This base material goes through many stages of processing before reaching a wood-like quality. The resulting thick cardboard is cut into very thin slices, which are glued together, pressed and worked into a variety of forms. After drying, the raw forms are saturated in hot linseed oil and placed in drying chambers that reach temperatures up to 90—100 degrees Celsius. At this point, particular details may require woodworking at a bench. The forms are now treated with filler, a black ground coat is applied and they are again dried. Next, they are smoothed, treated with three coats of black lacquer and a coat of cinnabar and once again dried. Finally, each object is covered with clear lacquer. After drying, they are ready for the painter.

This article was published on 15 November 2010.
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