A Bit of Heat, A Bit of Pressure, and a Lot of Skill

Making mokume-gane is a pretty complex process, and those of us who do it become immersed in the physical science of how metals behave (or don’t) when heated, punched, carved, cut, and handled in dozens of ways. In fact, I write scientific papers about making mokume-gane about once a year, and my ability to get… More A Bit of Heat, A Bit of Pressure, and a Lot of Skill

A Private Showing at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston

When you build your business around an ancient, not-very-well-documented art form as I have, any opportunity to see the work of past masters is pretty exciting.  It was 2002, and I was scheduled be in Massachusetts to teach a class at MetalWerx School for Jewelry. I contacted the Museum of Fine Arts Boston to see… More A Private Showing at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston

Why you don’t want a copper and silver mokume gane ring.

No, I will not make you a copper & silver mokume ring. It is not because I don’t like the color contrast. I love the color contrast that copper alloys have with silver in mokume gane. The original Japanese  work in mokume gane was almost all done in copper alloys and copper alloys with silver. Those strong color contrasts are one… More Why you don’t want a copper and silver mokume gane ring.