A couple of weeks ago, I was feeling a bit smug because, when
someone asked about melting finished pieces, I had not melted
anything irreparably in a long time. Well, pride goeth before a
I made a marriage of metals belt buckle for my son, and used brass
in it. I forgot how the least extra heat causes brass to kinda
collapse, when it is in contact with other metals…
I re-made the buckle with just copper and silver, and it came out so
nice I want to do some more MOM pieces.
This is where you guys come in.
I have some “antique bronze” casting grain. If I make sheet out of
it, will it behave the way the brass did? I’ve never used bronze,
but I’d like to widen my choices for colors.
Also, I want to make some shibuichi and shakudo. I’ve never done
alloying before, but I know the basics… that is, I know how to
prepare the ingot mold, and I believe I’m supposed to melt the
higher-melting material first, then add the lower. Uh, right? I’ll
check Oppi before I start, but will be happy to have any advice
anyone cares to pass on.