Quantcast

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

Kitchen Knife Forums

Help Support Kitchen Knife Forums:

Delbert Ealy

Founding Member
Joined
Feb 28, 2011
Messages
1,152
Reaction score
0
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

mokume4.jpg


mokume3.jpg


mokume1.jpg


mokume5.jpg


mokume2.jpg


mokume6.jpg
 

mr drinky

Founding Member
Supporting Member
Joined
Mar 1, 2011
Messages
3,544
Reaction score
13
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.

k.
 

Michael Rader

Banned
Joined
Apr 14, 2011
Messages
285
Reaction score
0
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?

-M
 

Delbert Ealy

Founding Member
Joined
Feb 28, 2011
Messages
1,152
Reaction score
0
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
 

ajhuff

Banned
Joined
May 10, 2011
Messages
1,214
Reaction score
0
Ah, the zinc shakes, not so fond memories...

-AJ
 

Chef Niloc

Banned
Joined
Feb 28, 2011
Messages
1,030
Reaction score
0
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.
 

ecchef

Staff member
Founding Member
Global Moderators
Supporting Member
Joined
Feb 28, 2011
Messages
5,878
Reaction score
168
Location
MCAS Miramar
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.
 

Mike Davis

Senior Member
Joined
May 2, 2011
Messages
1,521
Reaction score
0
. 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!
 

mr drinky

Founding Member
Supporting Member
Joined
Mar 1, 2011
Messages
3,544
Reaction score
13
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.

k.
 

jm2hill

Founding Member
Joined
Jun 24, 2011
Messages
541
Reaction score
0
Maybe Del should get a mail order ordination and offer a marriage/knife set/wedding band package ;)
I may not be getting married anytime soon (much to the GF dropping some hints every once and a while) but when I've decided on certain plans for my life and my marriage comes around This would have to be the greatest wedding set in the world!

To go back to school for the next 4-6 years living off savings and accomplish one of my life goals or to stay in a wonderful paying job that lets me buy lots of nice gifts and knives. What am I ever going to do.
 

Ratton

Founding Member
Joined
Feb 28, 2011
Messages
190
Reaction score
0
Very interesting, thanks for sharing Del!!

Colin, you are a class act!! :cool2:
 

l r harner

Banned
Joined
Mar 6, 2011
Messages
548
Reaction score
0
as i had asked del before the topper woudl be a ring on the cake knife and server that was made of the same billit the rings came from (mayeb i let the cat out the bag of what i want o do for kelly and i )
 

Chef Niloc

Banned
Joined
Feb 28, 2011
Messages
1,030
Reaction score
0
as i had asked del before the topper woudl be a ring on the cake knife and server that was made of the same billit the rings came from (mayeb i let the cat out the bag of what i want o do for kelly and i )
Nice idea butch, never thought about that. I'm just big on " keeping it local". I had my suite made to measure by the local tailor. Shops no slouch, top notch but but the guy has been coming into my restaurants for years
http://www.victortalbots.com

Victor ( the tailor above) introduced me to a shoemaker a few years back when I had some questions about leather work and were to get this and that type of leather. He's making my shoes.
Friend of mine is a travel agent....
You guys get the idea keep the money in the family and community.
 

Delbert Ealy

Founding Member
Joined
Feb 28, 2011
Messages
1,152
Reaction score
0
The billet in the plates right out of the oven
the solid billet
the billet in the rollers
the layered billet

mokume11.jpg


mokume9.jpg


mokume7.jpg


mokume8.jpg


mokume10.jpg
 

Delbert Ealy

Founding Member
Joined
Feb 28, 2011
Messages
1,152
Reaction score
0
The rollers are used to reduce the size of the stock, patterning comes a bit later.
Thanks,
Del
 

Michael Rader

Banned
Joined
Apr 14, 2011
Messages
285
Reaction score
0
Thanks Del. I didn't mean to de-rail your thread and turn it into "shop talk," so thanks. Looks great so far and I can't wait to try my own mokume. Those rings should turn out great.

-M
 

Delbert Ealy

Founding Member
Joined
Feb 28, 2011
Messages
1,152
Reaction score
0
Thanks Del. I didn't mean to de-rail your thread and turn it into "shop talk," so thanks. Looks great so far and I can't wait to try my own mokume. Those rings should turn out great.

-M
Michael,
Thats no problem.
Questions often bring up things I forget to say, thats why I always encourage them.
Thanks,
Del
 

Delbert Ealy

Founding Member
Joined
Feb 28, 2011
Messages
1,152
Reaction score
0
Square bar drawn to size
Bar flattened for final size.
next steps will be to cut to length, bend into a circle and sized
Del

mokume12.jpg


mokume13.jpg
 

Mike Davis

Senior Member
Joined
May 2, 2011
Messages
1,521
Reaction score
0
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.

k.
HAHAHAHAHAHAH! Maybe Del can go through the same people i got mine through!
 

Delbert Ealy

Founding Member
Joined
Feb 28, 2011
Messages
1,152
Reaction score
0
What is really funny to me is that I considered going into the ministry 20 years ago. I may still do that later in life. The more time goes by the more it appeals to me. This is not to say that I don't enjoy what I do now, but several of the local ministers have a part time job in addition to ministering. I have no problem with public speaking, and I think i would enjoy most of it. However I do not yet feel that I have been called, so I will just have to wait for that day.
Del
 

zitangy

Senior Member
Joined
Apr 22, 2011
Messages
807
Reaction score
13
Location
Singapore
YEs you missed it ...read in between lines.... divine inspiration.... ( just equally kidding)
 

Delbert Ealy

Founding Member
Joined
Feb 28, 2011
Messages
1,152
Reaction score
0
ok the bar cut to length
roughly formed into a ring
closer to ring shaped ready to solder

mokume14.jpg


mokume16.jpg


mokume15.jpg
 

Delbert Ealy

Founding Member
Joined
Feb 28, 2011
Messages
1,152
Reaction score
0
Wate I missed the part of how the pattern is formed?
This is a random patterned ring, so most of the pattern is formed by the layering and the working down of the billet, but i do like to add a bit of character, here I used a ball peen hammer to dent the surface a bit(you can see some of the dents and how the layers are deformed on the edge)

mokume17.jpg
 

Delbert Ealy

Founding Member
Joined
Feb 28, 2011
Messages
1,152
Reaction score
0
The finished ring :viking: (I'll try and get some clearer pics tomorrow)

mokume19.jpg


mokume18.jpg
 
Top