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They’re also lacquered by hand in the studio, a process which entailed a good deal of trial and error. “Normally lacquer isn’t applied to metal — it’s for wood or plastic,” he says. “We had to do a lot of experiments. The paint wasn’t sticking, so we had to try putting it in the oven, and washing it. We’ll have gold and silver, but I like it to be toned down, so we also did dark red.”