Love the coin Mokume' idea- nice touch. Out of curiosity was there any carbon or buildup in the pocket that did not weld?
I have done some mokume for jewelry purposes with coins- the irregular surfaces of the coin faces are problematic- I used a hint from another forum and mixed my borax with methanol for a flux (methanol will actually dissolve the borax not just suspend it in solution). As well it will burn out consuming the oxygen and depositing the borax as a surface crystal.
You can get methanol in the US from "HEET" fuel additive at auto parts stores.
Kyle Royer (MS who has a youtube channel where he explains his fluxing trick) uses kerosene to carry his borax in making Damascus- it has a high capillary action and burns out as well- don't know if you are set up for these (methanol or kero) methods- but all in all the results look good!
Interesting WIP- thank you for sharing
Very cool project Jess. So - how does Mr Rick Grimes cut?
That's pretty wicked looking! :doublethumbsup:
Is it the pics or is the hamon really obscured by the current finish? Is the coral held on by hidden pins or just glue? It looks awesome.
Thanks for sharing, now I'm inspired to do something like make my own mother of pearl or something similar outside my comfort zone!