While urushi is the foundation for the famous kintsugi repair method, it can also be used to protect and upgrade various materials. Versatile fuki urushi can be applied by simply placing a small amount onto a cloth and distributing it evenly over a wooden surface.
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Kuro Urushi (black) or Ki Urushi (brown) 50g
Sand Paper 2 types
Wiping Paper x3
Gloves x2 pairs
The amount of urushi included in this kit is enough to finish the chopsticks and box that serves as the packaging with two or more coats.
Urushi is a Japanese traditional lacquer made of natural tree sap taken from the urushi tree. Lacquer was used in Japan as early as 5,000 BCE and has been a central part of Japanese craftsmanship ever since. Hardened urushi lacquer forms a protective waterproof coating that repels mold and mildew, and also prevents rotting and weathering.
Urushi contains a compound that can cause minor skin irritation, to a more severe allergic reaction, depending on the individual. While urushi can cause skin irritation in its raw, wet state, once it has completely hardened, it is absolutely food-safe and one of the most durable natural materials.
Should you experience alarming inflammation from touching urushi, or from simply being in the presence of urushi, please remove yourself from the room and consult a doctor for immediate medical attention. For most people, touching urushi will cause minor irritation and itchy skin that can last up to three weeks. Proper handling like wearing gloves and a long-sleeve shirt help to prevent accidental contact with urushi. POJ Studio is not liable for any adverse reactions caused by urushi. If you accidentally touch urushi, massage the affected area well with any plant-based oil straight away, like you would when removing make-up, and thoroughly wash with soap thereafter.