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Itamar Foguel
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PostPosted: 2013-03-19, 03:22    Post subject: urushi and brush cleaning Reply with quote

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I found the subject to be problematic. after im done painting i have to do a really long procedure washing my brush with turpentine, soap, and turpentine again few times... and sometimes some of the urushi still stays inside the brush and stiffens it.

any special tricks or tips?
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PostPosted: 2013-03-19, 10:59    Post subject: urushi and brush cleaning Reply with quote

Hi Itamar,
try washing brushes with olive oil, then soap. This was recommended by a high-class urushi specialist. Smells better than turpentine too.
Urushi on skin, clean with olive oil as well.
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PostPosted: 2013-03-19, 18:04    Post subject: urushi and brush cleaning Reply with quote

ill try it, thanks
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PostPosted: 2013-03-21, 14:46    Post subject: urushi and brush cleaning Reply with quote

wow it worked really well, thnaks again!!

another question, do you dilute urushi with turpentine only? or there are other options in that field as well?
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PostPosted: 2013-03-21, 16:48    Post subject: urushi and brush cleaning Reply with quote

De Fouw wrote:
Hi Itamar,
try washing brushes with olive oil, then soap. This was recommended by a high-class urushi specialist. Smells better than turpentine too.
Urushi on skin, clean with olive oil as well.


Yes, My urushi teacher told me this is a way of cleaning lacquerware for those who are extremely sensitive. This may work for those who can't play old shakuhachi.
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PostPosted: 2013-04-30, 00:55    Post subject: urushi and brush cleaning Reply with quote

Traditionally urushi is thinned with white camphor oil (片脳油). Note that yellow camphor will not work. White camphor oil can't be bought in the US last time I checked because it was/is an ingredient for making narcotics. Good luck with everything.
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