Original Hairbrush With "URUSHI" (Japanese Lacquer) Finish

About: I am a Japanese inventor who is specializing in hairbrushes. I like making things with DIY. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2PggaysnpVM

This patent pending hairbrush is super light (30g) and it is the perfect to smooth the hair and create volume.

Step 1:

Step 2: Making a Round Hairbrush

The youtube video shows a process of making a round hairbrush.

Step 3:

Step 4: Coating Urushi (Japanese Lacquer)

Urushi is a natural sap from the urushi tree and has been found to have been used in Japan as early as 7000 BC. Japanese urushi lacquerware, referred to as "Japan" in the old days, was introduced to the West in 16th century and widely spread, and immediately enthralled royalty and nobility.

There are lots of methods and techniques of coating urush which needs to repeat a process of coating, drying, and polishing over and over again. This hairbrush is "Wajima-nuri", one of well-known methods in Japan, with gold powder and mother-of-pearl-flecks decorations (they are called "makie" and "raden").

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    BeachsideHank

    2 years ago

    Not for the faint of heart, Urushi finishing:

    "...As the substance is poisonous to the touch until it dries, the creation
    of lacquerware has long been practiced only by skilled dedicated
    artisans."

    Interesting story about it:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_lacquerware

    Nicely done artisian hairbrushes too, if I were making them I'd sell them as "the Kobe beef of hairbrushes". ☺

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