Talking Seals

Carnelian seal stone

A Great MacGuffin

Someone recently sent information about a small Chinese seal made from carnelian “found lying on open ground in the bush in Dar es Salaam (East Africa) in 1948 and may well have been lying there for many years.”

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Seal by Wang Shishen (1686-1762)

Try a Little Color

Most carvers will sign their name on the side of a finished seal. Depending on the color of the stone you may want to fill in these lines with paint.

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Try Gouache

Try using some red and white paint—gouache works well for this as it dries quickly and is water soluble—to experiment with seal modifications.

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