|How Osaka Tin ware is handcrafted.
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These are tin ingots.The tin used for Osaka Suzu-ki is imported
|Molding process Tin melts at around 235-240 degrees celsius.
Tin ingots are melted in a cauldron and then poured into molds.
|Once the tin solidifies, the objects are taken out of the molds and trimmed.|
|Both the inside and outside surfaces are scraped until they become smooth. As a result, the tin regains its original shine. The shape and the thickness of each caddy is minutely adjusted to achieve the perfect fit and bears testament to the craftsmen's expertise.*Some items such as the gourd shape tea caddy which can not be made with a single mold will be attached after this process.|
|Handles, spouts and knobs etc. are added before the decoration process. Here the craftsman is making a sake pitcher spout with a hammer.|
|Decoration These tea caddies are handpainted with enamel or lacquerware. They are then soaked in a nitric acid solution. The painted area is masked but the rest corrodes to achieve a pear-skin pitted effect. The degree of corrosion varies according to the season, so this is a delicate process. The caddies are then washed with water. The painted area stands out in shiny relief and the background is rubbed with black or red natural lacquer. (This is a characteristic process but there are also other decoration techniques).|
|The finished product (image).|
|The purity of the tin for items made by Osaka Suzuki Co. is over 97% and is mainly used for teaware and sake ware. Pictured below are samples of sake ware.|
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