So far I’m happy with my chain and other exercises.
I’ve been reviewing the relatively recent Ganoksin dialog regarding
inlaying into silver.
This is what I get for not having a tutor… I have ask some
questions about which way I want to attack it:
A) I realize that pouring the silver into a wood engraving is
definitely out, due to the temperature of the silver burning the
wood. I’m also aware of lower temperature alloys like solder being
possible, but these are not silver. I’ve even heard of low melting
point non-toxic gallium-based metal alloys. Could I consider going
sci-fi and creating a sterling with gallium in it for an alloy with a
melting point less likely to harm wood? And how could I predict the
melting point of a.925 Ag/.075 Ga eutetic?
B) From what I understand, engraving the wood conventionally and then
hammering in the wire is the best way, but from what I understand
this is a master class technique that is daunting to learn.
C) I have thought of drilling a series of tiny holes in a line normal
to the surface of the wood, and then pounding the wires through the
holes. Simple, but how would the results really look?
D) I have also thought of faking it by riveting. I’d make a layer of
wood and a thin silver base. I’d take a jeweler’s saw and saw my
pattern through both. Then I’d hammer strips of silver through the
pattern, attaching the strips through the back side of the base.
Which is the least difficult way to start silver inlaying into wood?