Kestrel finally reveals her finished piece of jewelery and it’s drop dead gorgeous. Before the unveiling, though, there’s still more work to do.
I’ve come a long way with this piece of metal and now it is finally even and thin enough that I can make a piece of jewelry out of it. So let’s get started.
I’m going to use a nylon mallet for shaping. Here’s the beginning:
And at last, with lots of banging and really quite minimal swearing, it’s formed:
After the forming it needs a little polishing to get it nice and shiny.
But shiny isn’t everything… the beautiful swirls of the copper can’t be seen very easily. By using a special patina that only affects the copper and not the nickel, I can get that pattern to show up.
That’s much better. I’ve also coated the metal with resin.
Why did I coat the metal with resin?
This brand new bracelet is made out of copper and nickel. Copper has the effect of turning the skin green. For the most part, people don’t want to have their skin turned green. In addition, there are people out there who are allergic to nickel. By coating the metal, I’ve made it safe for anyone to wear, even someone who is allergic to nickel. When mokume gane is made for jewelry, usually the maker puts a thin layer of something like Argentinium along the bottom, so that part would be against the skin, and the mokume would be safe to wear with no coating on it. This mokume had a rather dramatic birth and did not get the advantage of that, but that’s OK because I’ve got resin, and can fix that little issue.
My thanks to Marcus for sending me such a pretty piece of metal. Metal is amazing stuff and with just a few simple tools can be made into beautiful jewelry!