9. Rub, quite lightly, the bits of lake in a mortar/pestle and continue grinding to as fine a powder as you can. Then add drops of water to the powder using a dropper, and grind again into a smooth paste. This second WET grinding makes the initial powder very much finer for some reason.
Adding Water
Grinding the Paste
Lay the paste out on a glass or ceramic surface to dry. Don’t be alarmed that it becomes much pinker in appearance when dry. It will become a very deep garnet red once re-powdered and finally mulled with linseed oil, after which it will be ready to use either as a glaze, or added to a varnish.
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