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2nd try for fusing with an electric kiln, 2

2nd try for fusing with an electric kiln, 2

After cleaning up the clamp with hammering (which is very painstaking work anyway), I checked the billet after pickling, and I could see there was fused part, non fused part, and suspicious part. So I flowed solder on suspicious and non fused part. Next, I tried annealing and rolling down process.  However, something came out from the … Continue reading

2nd try for fusing with an electric kiln

2nd try for fusing with an electric kiln

The second try for fusing is the combination of sterling silver and gilding metal. I prepared 6sheets of 1mm sterling silver and 5sheets of 1mm gilding metal and… set them between the clamp covering with flux as usual. Now, for me, this time is harder than the last time, because it needs lower temperature, and … Continue reading

Experiments before another fusing

Experiments before another fusing

After the success in fusing process, I tried to make patterned wire by twisting. After twisting a long thin plate, I  shaped it into a piece of block first, and rolled it down. After sanding it, the colour of gilding metal can be visible! So, I made two rods after making a block shape, but … Continue reading

Gold Cloud

Gold Cloud

Poutuguese Merchants and Trading Vessels/ Early 17th century/ Namban paper screen Gold cloud is probably not familiar to neither Western nor Eastern people unless they are Japanese.  Gold cloud appears in ancient paintings of Japan which sometimes depicts people’s life, a plan of capital city, or a landscape.  Apparently, painting gold cloud is one of the painting … Continue reading

Inspirational words from Alexander McQueen

Inspirational words from Alexander McQueen

These are very impressive words from the book “Savage Beauty -Alexander McQueen”. As soon as I saw the words, I was assured that those words would be crucial to me to make sure what my theme is again and again… I put them into my ‘Inspirational works, things’ page so that you can read them in big image.

Using an electric kiln 1

Using an electric kiln 1

As I mentioned before, I tryed fusing using an electric kiln yesterday.  Because it was the first try with an electric kiln and, each book shows different setting temperature and operation time, this challenge was really TRY. I tryed fusing with 9layers of copper and gilding metal.  About this condition, one book says that it shoud be set … Continue reading

The properties of Mokume gane

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 … Continue reading

Continuation to How people perceive Mokume gane

Continuation to How people perceive Mokume gane

   Here is continuation to the result of interviewing (How people feel when they look at (my)Mokume gane)           Lake Wai-O-Tapu/ Hot springs: 2 Paua Volcanic craters Oil in water: 3 Maori Tiki: 2 Rain drops: 2 Eyes of frogs Bacteria multiplying Stars at fuzzy night Something like Japanese Bubbles from boiled water Paint … Continue reading

How do people perceive Mokume gane?

As I posted about Mokume gane before (title; Mokume gane), I have been practicing Mokume gane at my studio.  Experiencing and experimenting in Mokume gane is significant but at the same time, I believe that I need to know how people in New Zealand perceive Mokume gane as well.  Because of the fact that Mokume gane does not … Continue reading