Plate Techtonics, sterling and mokume-gane
Hi everyone–I thought I would insert a photo. Kathleen Krucoff is just teaching me, a very non-computer person, how to do this. So I thought I would share a photo that Jim Lawson, from West Chester, PA took of my mokume-gane. Jim is an excellent photographer, who makes your pieces “sing”. Please check out his site…it is amazing. I highly recommend him for jury slides and studio shots. He does all my photography for Lapidary Journal, and is quite reasonable. Plus, he’s just a really nice guy!
Mokume-gane is a Japanese swordmaking technique, and this is composed of 27 layers of copper and brass for the bail, and 20 layers of copper and sterling for the bottom section. In the middle is a roller-milled textured piece of silver. The chain is a graduated Viking Chain knit, a labor intensive technique I learned from Sally Snow. I promise, making this 20 inch chain is enough to drive you to drink! Plus my hands really hurt when I finished it. So all together, this piece probably took about 24 hours to finish.
So hope you enjoy the piece, and now that I know how to insert photos, my blogs will be a lot more colorful.