A friend has commissioned me to make a ring based on one he saw
recently. He claims it had two metals to it, silver and black.
And so, I sat down and researched through my books. I already
knew about Niello, which unfortunately has lead, and sort of
about Shakudo with a patina of rokusho. In my reading, I came to
the conclusion that Niello would have a much deeper colour, while
Shakudo would probably be less toxic. If I were to do Niello,
would it be okay to do it outside? And, since it is a ring, I
read that you could use a gum (would something like KlyrFire be
okay?), but you’d have to do it in a kiln and keep the piece
rotating constantly so the Niello doesn’t flow out. Stupid
question, how the heck would one do that? And, if I was to do
Shakudo, would it be good enough to get the Reactive Metals
shakudo and their so called “Baldwin’s Patina”, or should I do
the traditional rokusho patina?
Many questions, I know. I missed out on learning how to do
Niello because my school decided that year that it was too toxic
to continue teaching. One last question: ummm, what about plain
old Jax? Thanks everyone!
Adoremus Creations in Metal
Burnaby, BC, Canada