Weekend course: Antique Japanese Inlay Technique

July 17, 2018 to July 19, 2018



Nunome Zogane:

Teacher: Elisa Deval
Dates: 17 to 19 July 2018
20 hours (Fri 16:00-20:00, Sat and Sun 09:00-13:00, 14:00-18:00)
Cost: 400 euro + 22% VAT


This workshop will cover the basics of Nunome-Zogan, or waive-inlay in English.
The technique allows the inlay of silver and gold patterns onto iron and copper based alloys such as Shakudo and Shibuichi. During the darkening process the color of the base metals will turn into different shades of black, gray and blue black. This effect emphasizes the silver and gold inlays. It’s possible to create anything from subtle glittering gold traces to big and intricate motifs on top of the dark metal background.


Creation of the base texture on different types of metal using a particular chisel.
Execution of the silver (or gold) inlay based on one’s individual design.
Polishing of the samples.
Darkening of the samples with the Rokusho coloring technique.
Besides samples it’s possible to create some simple pieces of jewelry.

Tools and non-precious materials as well as handouts on the course are supplied by the school

About the teacher

Elisa Deval graduated at the Alchimia contemporary jewelry school in Florence. Her teachers were artists Manfred Bischoff and Manuel Vilhena. Her jewelry has been shown in international galleries, currently her work is represented by Galerie Noël Guyomarc’h in Montreal, Canada and by Gallery Eleni Marneri in Athens, Greece. In 2009 she developed an interest in Japanese metal techniques, she studied in Japan and attended workshops in Italy with Japanese teachers. Since 2012 she has been teaching week-end workshops on Nunome Zogan technique.





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