Eggshell mosaic wooden lacquer coaster set


Each of the eight coasters in this set has been made by hand. And it’s only when you take a closer look, that you realise that this design is made up of thousands of tiny pieces of real, crushed eggshell all painstakingly placed by hand by skilled craftspeople. Eggshell `painting’ is a traditional artform in Vietnam and we have commissioned some of the most skilled artists to make this range for us.   Placed on a black background, the majority of shell pieces are white. Subtle shading effects and gradations are achieved by careful choice of different coloured egg shell pieces giving beige, cream and light brown highlights. The eight coasters come in a matching lacquer box.

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A Silkwood Traders eggshell mosaic wooden lacquer coaster set starts life as a tree from managed plantations which after being harvested is turned into a wood composite fibreboard. Each coaster and its box is 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, they took three months to make!

Each set of eggshell mosaic wooden lacquer coasters comes with a matching lidded lacquer box in the same design. Please note that this item is packed in a plain white cardboard box. We very much regret that the free handmade silk boxes are no longer available for this item.

The wooden coasters are suitable for hot or cold drinks. Just wipe clean and dry with a lint free cloth as required. Each coaster is foam backed to protect surfaces.  Dimensions of each coaster are: 10cm x10cm x 0.3cm.


Egg shell mosaic – 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

Weight 0.85 kg
Dimensions 12 × 12 × 5 cm


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