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Limoges Boxes: How It’s Made.

A raise on the value of your collection, not just in terms of monitary investment, comes from Limoges miniatures, figurines and trinket boxes. Limoges miniatures, figurines and trinket boxes are stylish, classy, and timeless. Methodical hand paintings are visible on these little boxes and miniatures made of glistening white clay porcelain. A portrait of various sceneries and figures add pizzazz to these collectibles and home decor art pieces.

Aside from a lot of traditional designs from way back the 18th century, you could also look for the more contemporary designs that would help in making your collection more valuable and worth the time to view.

The privilege of witnessing how these Limoges boxes are manufactured from start to finish will greatly increase your admiration on these collections. Limoges, France produces the world famous porcelain. Since 1700s, the crafting of these Limoges boxes, small trinket or pill boxes have been in the Limousine region of central France. A small number of select craftsmen can be found in Limoges still crafting the same labor-intensive art pieces exactly the same manner as in 1700s.

Two or more parts made up the Limoges box. Each part of the box is made in a separate mold. The pieces are taken out of the mold after letting it sit in for some time, it is then hand-sponged to smoothen it and remove extra particles. They launch the pieces in a special kiln. The size of each piece will shrink about 15% during the firing. The reduce of size allows each piece to take on a slightly variant shape from any other piece from the same mold. Once the pieces are cooled, they are put into the kiln again to be glazed and fired at a very high temperature. The pieces are now ready to receive artwork. A Limoges artist elegantly hand-paints each piece one color at a time. The Limoges receives another round of firing (3-4 or even up to 7-8 firings), for each additional color. To give each Limoges box an elegant gold or silver shine, each box is painted 24K gold and/or chrome among other colors used. After several rounds of firings in the kiln, the Limoges box parts are now ready to be hinged. The hinging process is an art form in itself and only highly skilled craftsmen can perform it. The brass hinge hast to be cut and fitted individually because each piece is unique. After each hinges are fitted and braised, the parts are then soaked in acid for a few hours in order to develop an antiqued patina. The parts will be then glued to each piece of porcelain by hand. Before the Limoges box will be admired and cherished by a collector, a decorative clasp needs to be added.

The Limoges boxes are crafted in a wide variety of styles and themes for every specific taste and area of interest.

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