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« on: January 23, 2009 05:45:41 PM »

Mokume Gane, for those of you who don't know, is a material made of layers of copper and silver sheet, which is then fused together, hammered, patterned (this is just one of many, many patterns), and rolled down into sheet metal (or rods). It essentially translates to wood grain metal, from japanese. I, unfortunately, have not yet learned how to make Mokume, but was able to buy some 'scraps' from Phil Baldwin, the owner of Shining Wave Metals, who does make it.
Anyways, I designed these simple earrings to highlight the mokume, then spent a great deal of time cursing myself for coming up with the soldering job from hell. Anyways, the earrings were lightly sanded for a matte finish, and patina'd with dormant spray. Apologies for the crappy pics- for some reason, my photographer friend was having shit luck getting a decent photo of these darn things. I'll shut up now.

« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2009 05:54:58 PM »

Those are really beautiful!  Don't criticize your soldering...they look perfect and professionally made!
« Reply #2 on: January 23, 2009 06:01:24 PM »

Those are really beautiful!  Don't criticize your soldering...they look perfect and professionally made!

Oh, the soldering turned out fine in the end, it just took me like three times each earring to get it to flow all the way around- the earwires are free spinning, and held in place by a melted ball on the end of the wire, inside the bead, so I had to paint the earwires with yellow ochre, and be really, really careful not to solder them to the bead and/or melt the wires, so I had to sweat solder the bead, rather than using a long strip of solder across, and spinning the bead as I heat, which is how I'm used to doing it (though I've only made beads a few times.) Anyways, I'll shut up now. These earring were just my nemesis for a few days.
« Reply #3 on: January 23, 2009 09:42:24 PM »

Those are really beautiful.  I'm amazed it's metal - I've only seen it done in clay.


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« Reply #4 on: February 09, 2009 04:00:56 PM »

Wow, those are SOOOO pretty.  I am in awe.  I guess I can add "mokume gane" to the list of techniques I'd like to learn someday!  Thanks for sharing.

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