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Iron and Precious metal mokume gane


#1
Here is another iron / precious metal mokume gane item. The ring
is beautiful, 
http://binnion.ganoksin.com/blogs/2008/10/06/

Jim, but why doesn’t the iron etch away the way copper would? And
doesn’t it rust?


#2

I enjoyed Jim Binnion’s Orchid blog, and exquisite mokume work, and
wondering how do you keep the iron from rusting? I can see waxing a
pendant, but a ring will always be more vulnerable. The 18KY and iron
is a beautiful combination. Just wondering how you keep it that way.

Thanks for sharing it with us Jim. You are in inspiration to us all.


#3
but why doesn't the iron etch away the way copper would? And
doesn't it rust? 

Both iron and copper have a long history as jewelry and they both
have issues with corrosion. The iron can etch away but it seems to
be much more dependent on body chemistry than the copper alloys. I
have been wearing a 22k and iron ring for 4 years now and it is
showing no etching. It never is removed and is often exposed to
chlorine water in pools and my day to day work in the studio is not
kind to it either but no signs of etching. I wore it for a year
before ever offering one for sale to try to see how it would work. So
then I made a pair of the 22k and iron for a friend and her husband
and hers etched seriously in the first year :frowning: So they definitely
can etch, I inform my clients of this possibility. As for rust on the
rings, only if you don’t wear them. The constant burnishing of day to
day wear keeps the rust from forming/adhering it doesn’t mean there
is no oxidation it just doesn’t build up as rust.

James Binnion
@James_Binnion
James Binnion Metal Arts


360-756-6550


#4
I enjoyed Jim Binnion's Orchid blog, and exquisite mokume work,
and wondering how do you keep the iron from rusting? I can see
waxing a pendant, but a ring will always be more vulnerable. The
18KY and iron is a beautiful combination. Just wondering how you
keep it that way. 

These pieces are about as close as I get to conceptual art. They are
intentionally combining the precious and mundane. They also refer to
the history of mokume gane in that it came from the sword makers work
in iron and steel. Rust is an issue as is corrosion but again it is
an intentional design statement with full disclosure to the client.
See my other post today for a little more

Jim

James Binnion
@James_Binnion
James Binnion Metal Arts


360-756-6550