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Mokume Gane sheets


#1

Holy Mazoly,

I just read the query about where to buy mokume gane sheets.

Do people really sell mokume gane sheets? Already made up as a raw
material? I didn’t know that. That’s maybe because I’m very
out-of-it in so many ways. I made some of that stuff about 40 years
ago and I didn’t know much about it, just what I’d read in a book
about Japanese swords. I didn’t know anybody who knew about it
either. I was silly enough to think I was the only person in North
America who’d ever heard of it. Ain’t youth grand? Anyway, by blind
good luck some of it worked out pretty well and I made several
pieces of jewelry out of it. I remember I made a tie clip for my dad

  • that’s how long ago it was - folks wore ties. I never made any
    more of it again because it was too chancy for me and my meagre
    equipment and skills. I see that some very accomplished people are
    making things out of mokume gane pretty routinely now - but I always
    figured they made up their own raw material, as I suppose the best
    of them do. I stand in awe of their skills. But then I thought, why
    shouldn’t some clever industrial-minded person have decided to make
    and sell the stuff by the yard. It seems a bit like taking the deep
    art out of the craft, but so much else comes ready-made today - why
    fight the tide?

After some more thought I decided I don’t want to get any - even if
it is out there. I mean, where’s the challenge? Anyway, how do
people order it? Like plywood? Let’s see now, how about a 4’ x 8’
sheet, 9-ply, silver, copper, gold, (no brass please), good 2 sides,
marine grade, 1/4" thick (I’ll roll it out to about 120 square feet)
That’s enough to get me through a few days production of high-end
mokume gane i-pod cases.

Not one word about garden slugs in this post except an apology for
starting that whole digression a few days back.

Marty in Victoria where the first cruise ships of the season are
beginning to drift over the horizon. Now, as examples of weird
design, they are really a study.


#2
        ago and I didn't know much about it, just what I'd read in
a book about Japanese swords. I didn't know anybody who knew about
it 

Do you mean the patterned steel? Because you can buy that too, in
billet form.

Elaine
Elaine Luther
Metalsmith, Certified PMC Instructor
http://www.CreativeTextureTools.com
Hard to Find Tools for Metal Clay


#3

Several types of mokume-gane sheets are available at

I recently bought a piece of their 4-color (copper, shakudo,
shibuichi, and sterling) “bubble” pattern, and it’s gorgeous!
Can’t wait to get home and play with it…

Check out the many other fun things on the site - usual disclaimers,
just a happy customer.

Cheers,
Jessee Smith
www.silverspotstudio.com
near Lecanto, FL for now