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  1. hello everyone, I was interested in attempting to make some mokume gane for some handle scales on a decorative damascus style wooden knife I want to make, my issue is, how do I achieve specific colors? mainly black, I know I can get it from a copper/gold alloy as well as purple, but I am certain there must be a lower priced alternative. I would also be interested in green, or blue, as well as any possible alternatives for purple. any advice will be greatly appreciated! thank you very much!
  2. Hi, This would be my first time posting on these forums, and I need some help. I've my share of experience with liquid-state torch fired mokume, and am setting up to try my hand at kiln fired solid-state diffusion bonding instead. I've found most of the information I need except one vital detail. I can't seem to find any guidelines on how to select temperature for bonding. Let's start simple here and suppose a sterling silver/copper billet. Sterling melts at 893 C Copper melts at 1083 C Sterling is a hypoeutectoid alloy at 17.5% copper The Eutectic point of silver/copper is at 28.1% copper and around 790 C So here's the question. Do I want to be heating my billet a little under the melting point of sterling, seeing as it is the lowest melting point? Should I be heating a little under the eutectic point? Not sure if the eutectic point is relevant if nothing is hitting liquidus. Perhaps none of the above? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I can't get my hands on the midget/fergusson books, and most other sources I find all take for granted you've got the basics figured out. Cheers -Pat.
  3. I saw this thread and thought I might post a pic of a bowie I made with mokume guard, spacers and frame. I have been making the stuff for a couple of years and the wife takes the finished material and makes jewelry from it. More photos of the knife can be seen here: commercial link removed as per TOS It's down towards the bottom of the photo group. Check out the Jewelry tab on the website for more images of the mokume we make. If anyone wants some tips or pointers, just ask. Post photos here if you wish them to be seen, do not send members off site.
  4. I have been making mokume for my damascus blades for several years. Thought I would post a photo of one of my typical billets (48 layer copper/nickle silver). This billet was made from copper pipe salvaged from a plumbing repair job and nickle silver sheets. I am using a propane forge and borax flux. After getting the billet welded up solid I draw it out the same as my damascus billets. Usually leave over a quarter inch thick so I can expose more layers by grinding. The drop point shows how it comes out as bolsters. I posted similar photos on another website previously but thought this forum might be more appropriate. Let me know what you think. Matt Comments and discussions welcome.
  5. Managed to sneak in some shop time yesterday. Mokume book marker for a religious friend Side jaw tongs. Not fancy, but they worked well for the wrap and weld hatchet I made with a farriers rasp. All in all a great afternoon for me!
  6. I took 25 cents worth of US nickels and a marble and made this pendant. Stacked and welded the nickels Mokume style, then formed the body. Punched and drifted an eye slightly smaller than the marble. Melted the marble in and cleaned it all up. Seemed silly to post in Mokume section as it was all one color. Doing just nickels surprised me a bit, not sure why, but they really seem to stick together better than quarters. Hat tip to Gordon Williams for the marble melting trick.