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    Colin's ring-a mokume ring work-in-progress

    Colin asked me to do a WIP on his wedding ring.
    Here are the first few steps.
    the plates used to fuse the billet
    the individual layers, they need to be cleaned with the scotchbrite
    The layers stacked alternately and on the torque plates
    The layers in the torque plates
    the torque plates and the foil bag in which the billet is placed to be cooked.
    The billet in the torque plates are cooked for 12 hours to fuse the billet into a single bar.
    More pics tomorrow.
    Thanks,
    Del

    sorry the pics got a bit out of order, but they are named including numbers in the right order
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    This will be interesting to watch. A month after I bought my wedding ring, I saw Del's mokume and would have definitely gotten a ring from him.

    Good call Coin.

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    Great idea. -M

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    Looks great. I made a set of engagement rings for my fiance and myself. That was kinda fun.

    So, Del, I just watched a mokume video by Chad Nichols mere days ago and he mentioned not to use zinc or galvanized bolts, as creates a toxic gas. (Not sure if it will actually be an issue.) And he soaks his billet for about 25 minutes or so @ approx. 1950 deg., just until the copper starts sweating. What are you gaining with a 12 hr soak?

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    Michael,
    I soak at a lower temp for a longer period of time. When making copper/nickel silver mokume like Chad the billet is taken to a much higher temp and to almost the point of melting(the sweating he described) and the danger is if you are not quick you can have a meltdown. I did a gold/silver billet in the forge once and the tension on me was so great that I swore i would never do it again(the billet didn't meltdown, but I almost did). The temp I use is safely below the melting temp. The zinc can be a problem if you are standing in front of the forge that turns the zinc to a gas, mine is not that hot. The lower temp is safer(no chance of a meltdown) but needs the longer soak to create a stronger bond. Its not a big risk to have a meltdown if its $50 worth of copper and nickel silver, but its a much different story with over $1000 worth of gold and silver.
    Del

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    Ah, the zinc shakes, not so fond memories...

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    I have liked the look of mokume for years now, I have read a lot of stuff about it. I don't know how Del makes it (not yet anyway). From what I have seen most people make it like patterned welded Damascus, but I have read that it was originally made by carving away at the billet and then flattening it. I have a feeling that when one makes it with big $$ mettles one treats it more delicately then one would handle steel.
    I would not normally think a steel worker would double as a jeweler but anyone who has seen Del's work might think he's a jeweler doubling as a steel worker, not the other way around.
    I always new I would get my wedding ring made out of Mokume, being able to have it made by one of us makes it that much more special, thanks Del.

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    Good choice Colin. My own band is mokume, although not full custom. I like to think of the two metals as symbolic of my wife and me, intimately co-joined in random but synergistic unity. Plus it looks cool as Hell.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ecchef View Post
    . I like to think of the two metals as symbolic of my wife and me, intimately co-joined in random but synergistic unity. Plus it looks cool as Hell.
    Great way to put it! Del is a beast with Mokume!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Davis View Post
    Great way to put it! Del is a beast with Mokume!
    Maybe Del should get a mail order ordination and offer a marriage/knife set/wedding band package

    "Dearly beloved, just as two metals were once separate, with extreme heat and a hammer...."

    You get the idea. I am sure forging steel is rich with relationship metaphors.

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