Nunome-Zogan – a blink into traditional Japan

a very particular weekend course

Tsuba, Kyoto, late Edo period

Dates of the course: 26-27-28 October 2012

Nunome -Zogan is a trditional metalsmithing technique which draws its origin from China and is used in several Asian countries called in different ways.

In Japan the technique was used to decorate the Koshirae, the mount of the sword in its various component parts, such as the Tsuba, or for the decoration of accessories used by Samurai warriors, valuable boxes and precious hair ornaments for women.


In the three days of the course the students will learn to prepare the base metal sheet with a Mekiri-Tagane. This particular engraving  tool produces the typical texture  neccessary for the application of the silver or gold inlay.

Elisa Deval, Iron, pure silver

After the application of the decoration the sheet will be thoroughly sanded and polished before the final colouring with the Rokusho technique.

Elisa Deval, Shakudo, pure gold

The metal used as a base will be Shibuichi and Shakudo, Japanese copper and silver alloys that allow very intense and particular colouring in order to emphasize the inlay.

The tools will be supplied for the duration of the course and can be bought on request. The Shibuichi or Shakudo sheets are included in the course price whereas the fine gold or the fine silver used for the inlay has to be provided by the participants.

Elisa Deval, the teacher of this course has studied  traditional Japanese metalsmithing techniques at the Hiko Mizuno College in Tokyo after her education with Manuel Vilhena and Manfred Bischoff at Alchimia.

Details on the course

duration: 20h
Friday 26 from 4p.m. to 8p.m.
Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 from 9a.m. to 5p.m.

cost: 400 euro+21% VAT

Sungho Cho, Pomok Sannggam technique (Corea) silver and gold

Sungho Cho, Pomok Sannggam technique, Shibuichi, silver and gold

Elisa Deval, shibuichi, silver.

  1. weidner said:

    this is ave ry interesting course

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