All the talk about titanium connections has me excited about May 25
and 25, when Brian Meek will be teaching Gold Damascene at
Metalwerx, in Waltham, MA. (Since it is at Metalwerx, I'll be there
as assistant.) This two-day workshop focuses on producing karat gold
foils used in damascene work and Keum-boo, as well as how to apply
the gold to a titanium baseplate through Korean-style damascening.
The "damascened titanium" can then be used as earrings, pendants, or
bezel set into other precious metal jewelry.
The damascening process can be applied to different metals as a
base: titanium, iron, stainless steel, or any other hard metal as a
way to attach high-karat gold to materials that were previously
impossible. The techniques required to make the damascene cutting
chisels will also make superb chasing punches, so that will be
demonstrated as well.