Well off I go in yet another direction.
I have recently begun to try my hand (again) at Mokume. But I
am failing to come up with a satisfactory solution to the
following. A seamless join in a mens band.
I am creating a ring (band) with the traditional wood grain
pattern. What I am failing at is creating a band with the grain
running horizontally around the ring, with a “seamless” join
where the ends meet to form the band…
This is a sandwich of green, yellow and red gold with silver in
between for etching to “raise the grain”
I probably would be happy with my results if I hadn’t, some time
ago, seen a beautiful mens band, with mokume running around the
band “a seamless flow where you could not find an end or
beginning of the pattern”. This “mokume pattern” appeared to be
welded to a yellow gold band with a rolled edge trim. Although
I’m sure it’s possible (I think) to have the yellow gold "base"
incorporated into the billet and hammer forming the rolled edge.
Now I can “fake” this effect by adding metal pieces at the join
and welding. But I don’t think this is the proper technique.
And getting it attached to the yellow gold band with a rolled
edge, well I haven’t even attemped this yet.
Any Mokume workers out there that are willing to share their