卵殻蒔絵の卵殻 Eggshell Maki-e〜 eggshell


This time I would like to summarize the eggshell Maki-e.


This is the technique I was addicted to when I was in school after Raden. I think I will have the opportunity to do it again for the first time in a long time, so I would like to compile the references firmly while also studying.

卵殻蒔絵の始まり The beginning of eggshell Maki-e


It is unknown when the eggshell Maki-e began and who was the inventor.


However, it is believed that it started in the Edo period. The Edo period was a peaceful era in which various techniques of lacquering and variations of lacquering were created.


The same white color as eggshell is white lacquer, but white lacquer is a colored lacquer made in modern times. In other words, eggshell is an expression that was born before white lacquer as a white expression. Even if white lacquer is made in modern times, the eggshell Maki-e has not disappeared and has been passed down to the present day. It may be because there is still nothing in the world of lacquering that can change the whiteness of eggshells.


And, depending on the book, there are various ways to say this technique. All of them belong to the category of “Kawari-nuri” and are often introduced, and are called “egg shell-nuri”, “egg shell pasting(hari)”, “egg shell Maki-e”, etc.


White lacquer has been covered in past posts, so please read it if you are interested.

卵殻の種類 Types of eggshell


I think the eggs used for the eggshell are quail eggs or chicken eggs.


Quail eggs are thinner than chicken eggs and are easier to handle, so they are often used. Also, from the size of the eggs, it seems that there is a tendency for chicken eggs to be used for large works and quail for small works.

卵殻の下準備 Eggshell preparation

卵を白くする Whiten the egg


In the case of chicken eggs, they are white eggs from the beginning, but when using quail eggs, the work of removing the handle of the eggs is done. Use vinegar to remove the handle of the egg. Rice vinegar has been around for a long time, but any liquid containing the organic acid component of vinegar can be used.


I tried to summarize it in the video, please see for your reference.

ポイント Tips

  • お酢に浸ける時間をできるだけ短くする→卵の表面がどんどん溶けて脆くなってしまうため
  • Make the time of soaking in vinegar as short as possible → Because the surface of the egg melts and becomes brittle

卵の中身を出す Take out the contents of the egg


When taking out the contents of the egg, stab it with a needle and divide it into two parts so as to keep the original shape of the egg as much as possible.


・ To facilitate the next task of removing the thin skin of the egg


・Check the thickness of the shell by sticking it with a needle. Most quail eggs are sold in packs of 10, but unfortunately one or two of the ten eggs are not used because they are fragile when stabbed with a needle. Only the contents are delicious and I will eat it later.

薄皮を取る Remove the thin skin of the egg


Once cracked, wash the eggshell with water and remove the thin skin in a damp state. I didn’t get the video well so I’ll post a photo.


Use the tip of your hand or tweezers to remove the thin skin inside the egg.


★If you stick it with the thin skin remaining, it may cause poor adhesion of the lacquer or it may come off when you apply it and sharpen it.


Take it carefully so that it remains in the original shape as much as possible.


★ Once the thin skin is removed cleanly, it is easy to paint the inside afterwards.

裏表が分かるようにする Make it clear the front and back


Dry thoroughly with the thin skin removed.


If you dry it well, you can see the part where the thin skin is firmly removed and the part where it remains white. Check carefully and make sure there are no leftovers. (When removing the thin skin again, it is easier to remove it if it gets wet.)


When the thin skin is cleanly removed, paint the inside black with ink so that you can see the front and back.


If you stick it upside down, the lacquer will be sucked in only that part and the white color will not come out.


Once dry, it can be used as a material for eggshell lacquer work. Even among the whitened colors, the color tones are different because they are natural, such as bluish white and brownish white. Select and use according to the work.


This method has the same basics of using vinegar, and I was taught the detailed method, and it is the result of actually trying various things while referring to the book. This is the easiest way for me. There are different ways to do it depending on the person, so there is no correct answer, and I hope you can refer to it.


Also, depending on the person, there is also a method of using it as it is without dissolving it in vinegar, applying it, and then sharpening it together to produce a white color. I also tried this, but stopped because it was difficult to select the shade of white.


Depending on the book, there is a book that describes how to mix the front and back of the eggshell and paste it, but I think that it is less likely to fail if the front and back are properly separated.


Basically, it is pasted, smeared, sharpened and finished in the same way as Raden shellfish.

卵殻蒔絵の作品 Works of eggshell Maki-e


When I first learned about the technique of eggshells, I was fascinated by how wonderful it was to draw a bird using the eggshell of a bird, which is also a symbol of life.


I also tried various tasks in my first school using eggshells. The whiteness of eggs is a natural whiteness, so there is something fascinating about it.


The “Shirasagi” that I mentioned in the past post was also an eggshell, and I did it as a school assignment. It was a work for Raden, but I also wanted to do Shirasagi with eggshell. This work is a combination of Taka-Makie work and eggshell.

卵殻の作品で有名なのは、蒔絵の人間国宝 松田権六/寺井直次 作品があります。

Famous for the works of eggshells are the works of Gonroku Matsuda / Naoji Terai, a living national treasure of Maki-e.


Also, in the case of eggshell, unlike Raden shellfish, it can be pasted by breaking it, so you can also paste it like a gradation using Japanese paper.


The technique of lacquering is really diverse and difficult, so I would like to continue to introduce it in various ways.

参考文献 References


Here is the book that contains the method that is closest to my method ↓


Books about other eggshell Maki-e ↓


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