I have a doubt about Mokume : do you sold each layer or do you fuse them
on the melting point? I am sorry about my english, I hope I’m clear
enough to be understood! Thank you if someone could help me.
Camila, welcome, and don’t worry about the English! You evidently speak
more English than I do Spanish!
I have been experimenting with Mokume myself and there are two ways to do
Real Mokume, where there is no solder and the metals are heated in a
press until they fuse, and
Fake Mokume where the sheets are soldered together.
The fake is OK for small pieces of sheet that are not going to be worked
very much after rolling and which are not going to be extensively
soldered. Otherwise they de-laminate and fall apart. To do this, make
sure that your sheets of metal are flat and perfectly clean, cover the
surface with tiny bits of hard solder and stack the next sheet on top. You
do this two or three times (it won’t work for more) and then heat it until
the solder flows, then push down on the sheets to make them bond. As I
say, it is not ideal.
The real is great, but the process depends a bit on what metals you are
trying to laminate. If you want more details, I would suggest consulting
a book on the process and there are some excellent articles in the orchid
I have bought ready made Mokume from Reactive Metals Studios… it is
expensive, but absolutely perfect and, in my opinion, worth it if you are
not going to specialise in Mokume.
Hope that this helps.