Kintsugi works in progress

Here are two pieces I am working on.
The vase is Versace with gold leaf over the glaze and the whole thing is very soft.
The other is a yobitsugi piece from Karatsu. Yobitsugi means 2 pieces that are not the same piece joined to make 1.
On both of them I am at the stage of applying black and sanding.
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Kintsugi, step 16, polishing of gold.

Gold fine keshi unpolished

Gold fine keshi unpolished

The step 16 is in reference to the steps on this page, http://www.kintugi.com/kintsugi-at-a-glance-quick-guide-to-kintsugi/
These are photos of partially polished gold. They have all been gone over with high quality, Japanese made lacquer. The ‘keshi’, fine powder, shows the least benefit from polishing. In fact, it appears less pleasing than the unpolished gold. Number 3 and Number 5 show a lot of the top of the particles being sanded down and forming into a smooth surface. I took the extreme closeups with a digital microscope.

Gold number 3 unpolished

Gold number 3 unpolished

Gold number 5 unpolished

Gold number 5 unpolished

keshi polished

keshi polished

Number 3 polished and unpolished

Number 3 polished and unpolished

Number 3 polished and unpolished

Number 3 polished and unpolished

number 3 polished

number 3 polished

number 5 polished without an overcoat and polished with an overcoat

number 5 polished without an overcoat and polished with an overcoat

number 5 polished without an overcoat and polished with an overcoat

number 5 polished without an overcoat and polished with an overcoat

number 5 polished

number 5 polished

number 5 polished

number 5 polished

Fine powder, keshi, both polished and unpolished

Fine powder, keshi, both polished and unpolished

Fine powder, keshi, both polished and unpolished

Fine powder, keshi, both polished and unpolished

Fine powder, keshi, both polished and unpolished

Fine powder, keshi, both polished and unpolished

Kintsugi Photos of gold

Here are 3 close up photos of 3 types of gold. I took the photos with a digital microscope. The gold marked ‘k’ is a powder, the finest gold used for kintsugi. The one marked #3 is a round grind as is the one marked #5. The mesh size gets larger as the number gets larger. These are all unpolished. I will post photos after I polish them.
Unpolished gold (1)

Unpolished gold (2)

Gold fine

Gold number 3

Gold number 5