Place tonoko on top of the glass plate. Break it into the size of a bean, add water with a pipette.。
Let it sit for 2-3 minutes, when the water is well absorbed, blend it with a spatula until it feels like the texture of a thick toothpaste. If it is too wet, cover it with a piece of tissue paper for 2-3 minutes and blend it again.
Place basic lacquer next to the tonoko water mixture. The ratio of basic lacquer and the tonoko water mixture is 1:1 according to its volume.。
Mix the basic lacquer into the tonoko water mixture little by little in 3 times, mix it until it is evenly blended in. Sabi is done when the mixture becomes like the texture of melted chocolate.