Here's my jewelry metalsmith. I work with different metals including gold, silver, titanium, steel, nickel, copper, brass, nickelsilver and old traditional japanese alloys such as shakudo and shibuichi.
Mokume-gane (木目金 Mokumegane) is a Japanese metalworking procedure which produces a mixed-metal laminate with distinctive layered patterns. Mokume-gane translates closely to "wood grain metal" or "wood eye metal" and describes the way metal takes on the appearance of natural wood grain.
Mokume-gane has been used to create many artistic objects. Though the technique was first developed to decorate swords, the art survives today mostly in the form of jewelry and hollowware.
Mokume-gane fuses several layers of differently coloured precious metals together to form a sandwich of alloys called a "billet." The billet is then manipulated in such a way that a pattern resembling wood grain emerges over its surface. Numerous ways of working the mokume metal create diverse pattens. Once the metal has been rolled into a sheet or bar, several techniques are used to produce a range of effects.
Timascus is corrosion resistant, non-magnetic, and lightweight. It has the beautiful, upscale look of steel damascus without any of the disadvantages of steel that can disappoint some knife makers and collectors.
The timascus is made by placing these two different alloys of titanium into a metal box, filling the enclosure with inert gas and applying both heat and pressure to have the two alloys to forge laminated together.
When coloring, the current formulation seems to show more contrast using heat rather than anodizing. All current safe coloring techniques can be applied to Timascus. Future alloy combinations will have different color profiles. Timascus is a beautiful fusion of old world decorative techniques and modern metal-smithing.
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