Dragonfly wooden lacquer remote control box


Feeling cool, sleek and sophisticated? Well why not?!! Be a legend in your own lounge with one of our Dragonfly wooden lacquer remote control boxes that just oozes style and class. This elegant box has four sections, and the centre sections are removeable so you can use the box for storing larger items if you wish. Also ideal as a desk tidy, for biros, spectacle cases, or anything else that needs to be kept under close control!

On the front of the box, the delicate and ephemeral nature of the dragonfly is captured in flight. Look closely and you’ll see that the single dragonfly is made from hundreds of tiny pieces of eggshell inlaid on a black background. Absolutely stunning example of the ancient craft of Vietnamese eggshell painting, our dragonfly is a work of art in miniature.

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A Silkwood Traders dragonfly wooden lacquer remote control box starts life as a tree from managed plantations which after being harvested is turned into a wood composite fibreboard. Each dragonfly wooden lacquer remote control box is carefully prepared, hand-painted and layer upon layer of lacquer applied over a period of several months. In between each layer of lacquer, the item is left to dry, sanded back and then another layer applied giving a beautiful shine and depth of colour. It also results in a strong and robust finish which can withstand most bumps and drops. But always better to be safe than sorry so we always advise to handle with care.  After all, it took three months to make!

  • 21cm x 10cm x 8.7cm
  • Four sections with three removeable dividers. Each compartment, with the dividers in place, is approx.. 4.5cm x 8cm x 7.5cm
  • One dragonfly on the front of the box. The rest of the box is plain, glossy black.
  • Presented in a handmade, silk-covered gift box
  • Includes `how lacquer is made’ information card, info bookmark and blank gift card.

The eggshell dragonfly – how do they make it ?

Egg shell is crushed and inserted on to the wood , then the whole piece is painted. The paint is then wiped  off the egg shell areas. Lightly sanded , then this process is repeated up to 15 times.

However, how did they get the different coloured shading effects that can range from dark brown to beige to cream and almost white?

The family in Vietnam collect local egg and duck shell from from shops , wash them , place them on large steel trays and place on an open fire for about 5 minutes. Where the shell is touching the tray it begins to turn dark brown. The tray is removed from the fire and allowed to cool down. Now the egg shells have shades of colour from dark brown to white.

All the eggs are then crushed with rolling pins and a large pile of shell is ready to be sorted. The family then sit around and with great dexterity each pick out a shade of colour and fill their bowl. Finally we have up to eight bowls of different coloured egg shell ready to be inserted into the wood.

Additional information

Weight0.8 kg
Dimensions21 × 10 × 8.7 cm


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