In some ways, 2017 was the year of the chisel for me. Because of a new book project I'm helping Hiroko Sato-Pijanowski with (I'm creating many patterning samples and co-writing one chapter), I've been doing extensive research to find ways to efficiently pattern larger pieces of mokume. It was clear to me chiseling was the way to go, and thankfully the classes I took last March with Ford Hallam helped lead the way. Now, chisel patterning is way more fun and interesting to me than stamp patterning! It is cleaner, more adaptable to different sizes, and it really is faster.
The first bracelet was an exploration to see how many layers of material are needed to get a complex pattern. The fewer the layers, the more practical it will be to create the piece in gold, using just blank layers of silver to add strength to the bottom half of the billet. First bracelet is sterling silver with two exotic Japanese alloys - 25% shibuichi and my new favorite metal kuroshibuichi. Kuroshibuichi is the dark gray, shibuichi is the lighter gray. The gold one is finished now too - two bottom photos. Pretty happy with it.
Educator, metalsmith, jeweler, maker of custom mokume gane jewelry and wedding rings.