I have been asked to create missing lids for two miniature Japanese
cloisonne vases. The issue is not the cloisonne, I have been doing
that for over 25 years. I need on the mechanics and
materials that traditionally would have been used.
I have only seen photos at this point but similar lids to those that
are required appear to have the main section [the area that will
hold the enamel] probably spun from sheet copper into a half sphere
shape. At the base of this shape is a metal ring that protects the
edge of the enamel. Inserted into the interior of this ring is a
cylinder that creates the friction fit that holds the lid to the
vase. There is a solid metal finial shaped like a chrysanthemum bud.
The whole lid is about 1 1/8" tall and 1" diameter.
Logically I would make the enamel base from copper [as stated above]
but assume the ring and friction sleeve are probably made of brass.
If so I would solder those in place with IT solder before enameling.
The completed lid will probably be gold plated at the end.
If any of you know the procedures and/or specific materials
[brass/bronze alloy] would you please contact me off line?
I have spoken with 3 collectors and have gone on the web but have
not found the I need. Everything I find deals with the
age, designs, artists, wirework, a description of enamel techniques
but nothing about the structure that holds the enamel.
Thank you in advance
Orchid Rules!..Karla in sunny S. California