I have been practicing making Mokume gane both using solders and fusing technique. I have found out some points about the properties of Mokume gane which will be summarised below.
- Because many efforts ended in failure, well prepared plates for soldering is essential. Once I failed making a laminated billet, it would be a block of rubbish.
- The question ‘how scraps of Mokume gane would be reused’- Normally each scrap of metal can be melted down and recycled again, but Mokume gane cannot, because it already has fused together.
- There is a great risk that solder will run out from soldered Mokume gane and will lose its pattern or itself, if it is heated again.
Each metal combination has each property of ductility and malleable.
Normally the edge of a Mokume gane is ragged and some parts are peeled off. Therefore using the edge is highly risky even though it looks soldered or fused.
There is a possibility that a specific pattern can be planed.