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Feather Mokume?


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Making up a new batch of copper/nickel mokume, and I was considering how I was going to pattern it. 

It seems like a feather pattern would be quite striking, but I don't know if it would work.

First issue I see is that it would be a low-layer feather, just stack then cut, and I don't know how that would look.

Second and main concern is forging the 2 cut pieces back together. From what I understand these non-ferrous metals won't stick to themselves. 

Has anyone ever tried this, or have any advice on how to do it?

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Diffusion welding copper is EZ PZ, nickel doesn't so much. It isn't hard you just need to do more meticulous prep and maybe give it a bit of flux. A couple few drops of saturated 20 mule team borax will do it. 

Using thicker copper than the nickel also helps.

Frosty The Lucky.

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