A Silkwood Traders dragonfly wooden lacquer wine holder starts life as a tree from managed plantations which after being harvested is turned into a wood composite fibreboard. Each holder is carefully prepared to ensure correct balance, 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, it took three months to make!
The dragonfly wooden lacquer wine holder is very easy to use. Just place on a flat surface with the hole facing upright to either your right or left and place the neck of the bottle through the hole. Ensure the neck is nice and securely through, then gently let go. The wine bottle will balance! Try pushing the neck further through or further back for even more extreme balancing effects! And, as long as you’ve put the cork or lid back on nice and tightly, you can use it even if your bottle has been opened.
Some customers have told us they display empty bottles that remind them of a special event such as an anniversary or a very special night (ssh – your secret is safe with us!) or just because they loved the label! However you choose to use yours, it’s sure to be a real visual treat and stunning way to display your bottle.
Your dragonfly wooden lacquer wine holder will come packaged in its own plain black fabric protective sleeve and shipped in strong cardboard box. We also include a `how to use your wine holder’ bookmark and information card about how lacquerware is made.
The eggshell dragonfly – 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.