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The happiest violin-maker in the world to have today one of my violins played (by Russian soloist Tatiana Samouil) at the final ceremony of the Olympics Games in Sochi!

http://www.thestrad.com/latest/news/violinist-tatiana-samouil-and-violist-yuri-bashmet-to-perform-at-winter-olympics-closing-ceremony

Christian,

You deserve to feel very proud. I know that you and your family are involved in sport as well as music. You are an Olympic gold medal winner in my mind!

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Would you mind sharing your technique for the craquelé?

It is not difficult to have craquelé, what is difficult is mastering the size and deepness of it.

The system is always the same, when the varnish is not completely dry, you want to dry faster the outer part of the varnish,  you can use an hair dryer 2 days after varnishing, if it is early and strong, the craquelé will be big and deep, if you wait more and do it gently, it will be softer. It is important to remember your varnish should protect the instrument, so, don´t over damage it.

After, you can enhance it with black or brown.

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Rue   

That is exciting!  Thanks for the links!

 

I actually saw her playing at the closing ceremonies... :)

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curious1   

It is not difficult to have craquelé, what is difficult is mastering the size and deepness of it.

The system is always the same, when the varnish is not completely dry, you want to dry faster the outer part of the varnish,  you can use an hair dryer 2 days after varnishing, if it is early and strong, the craquelé will be big and deep, if you wait more and do it gently, it will be softer. It is important to remember your varnish should protect the instrument, so, don´t over damage it.

After, you can enhance it with black or brown.

Just to add to what Christiian has said. If the varnish has dried thoroughly already you can soften it again by spraying it with alcohol from an air brush. It also helps when drying the cracking agent with a hair dryer to resoften the cracking agent with a little water or a fresh application and then dry it more with the hair dryer. This will give the craquelé more complexity.

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curious1   

Thank you for your reply! This is the first time I hear about the hair dryer method. Is your varnish oil, or alcohol?

Oil, but works with alcohol varnish too.

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Amazing video! Two fantastic players, two fantastic instruments! Svetlin had to wait for a very, very long time to get instrument which suits his level.  I am wondering how he felt turning to his right side and seeing that still there is  a room to upgrade to a better one...

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One can clearly hear that at least one of them is a Strad :rolleyes:

 

Just to clearify, I ment no offence! In this piece and environment, without video (only recording) I don't think anyone could really say which one is the original. I felt the first one gave more, but he is also standing more in the front and plays more firmly.

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