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Mokume Gane silver and copper bangle view 1 by fairyfrog Mokume Gane silver and copper bangle view 1 by fairyfrog
Bangle in the japanese Mokume Gane technique. Silver and copper stacked, twisted and worked to look like wood.
The metal has been etched to give more distinction between the metals.

This is a pattern test made for a customer interested in a project in this technique and wanted to see a little of what I can do.






This is for sale and can be bought here: Warning, though. Crazy price tag is crazy. >.< [link]
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soupcan13 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
holy cow! Amazing work. Yeah crazy price tag is crazy, but so is the amount of work and craftsmanship that went into this.....super cool, keep it up!
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MrsAngelaGr Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012
Wow - I just can't find more suitable words.

And as I was as always a little late for a glimpse on the prize tag I now sit and ponder if it might ever be within my reach...
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fairyfrog Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
:bow: thank you!
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Vor4 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Gorgeous the colours and pattern (or I guess lack thereof) are stunning, and I'd say you were definitely successful in giving it a wood like appearance. :)
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fairyfrog Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much!
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Sothoth Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012
Very nice, funny that you worry about the price tag yet it sold so quickly :)
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fairyfrog Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hihi Yes! *happy*
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Valyaris Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012
Very nice. Did you make the Mokume Gane yourself?
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fairyfrog Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
This time I didn't actually.
I have several old bullions laying around in copper/brass/silver I made some years ago while I had access to the proper equipment.
This was a request for a pattern test so I purchased a bullion instead of making it since I was very short of time. :)

I know myself well enough to know I cannot make them as flawless as I desire them to be with the equipment I got now. I could "cheat" and solder them together as some do, but the properties of the material doesn't work properly - and is prone to cracking instead of having a flawless fuse.


I am a control freak and I wish I had the time and equipment to make my own bullions these days, but I can't guarantee flawless quality if I did, and I refuse having my customers cutting themselves on strips of un-fused metal coming loose (like some of my colleagues doesn't seem to mind)... :)
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Valyaris Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012
Well, I can understand that. I myself started smithing last summer and I would NEVER use 2cnd grade material or do a 2cnd grade product and just soldering it together wouldn't work very well indeed.

Unfortunately I don't have a forge either, but there is a smith where I can work, about 200Km away from me. Next summer I will be there again, for a week, I'll try to do some Mokume Gane too. Newsilver and Bronze would be good, I thought :) !

Thanks for answering and for sharing your art!
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fairyfrog Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
The bullion I bought was fine silver and pure copper. That worked like a dream!

The problem with using "dirty" metals is the oxides, and when I make another bullion for myself I will most likely use .999 metals again to make it easier. Trying to use brass is a nightmare, the oxides just go crazy on it.. and you get that horrid taste in your mouth when working it XD
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Valyaris Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012
Uhhh ... sounds nasty!

Well, good to know. I thought about newsilver & bronze. Looks nice for sure and I heard that it works well. Also has a very similar smelting point.

I'll post 2-3 of my items next summer.
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BamiBimiBanaan Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012
Can i buy it? D:
<3
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fairyfrog Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
It is for sale. The look of the bangle is jus as crazy as the price tag, though >.< [link]
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BamiBimiBanaan Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012
Oh its sold already:P
ah well =(
love it anyway :P!
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fairyfrog Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Sorry! It sold in less than an hour. *little bit shocked*

..I can't wait to make some more.. my mother ordered a bracelet for herself as well! :heart:
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WearableByDesign Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012
Lovely!!
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fairyfrog Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much!!
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Faehwin Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh Fuuuuu..! I love it. :D I'm just.. not one for wearing bangles... hmmmm...
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fairyfrog Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hihi.. you know... I can make trings, earrings or pendants in this as well.. ;)
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Faehwin Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Do not... tempt me! *squirms* No wait, do tempt me, please. ;)
Sadly, I think Copper is just not 'my colour' - I prefer cool colours, blues, greens, purples, turquoise and so on. The technique is temptingly stunning, though. :)
(I will get back to you about a seal ring, though. Not now as I'm basically broke - but sometime in the near future. :))
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fairyfrog Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
You know, if you take silver/nickel silver, or silver/palladium och get a silver/grey pattern which etches amazingly... *whistles innocently*
I'm evil, I know. XD

:hug:
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Faehwin Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I kinda hate and love you right now. :P Did you get my FB message btw? I thought you might like the kitty-video. :D
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fairyfrog Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Aww! No, I didn't! Gimme! :happybounce:
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Faehwin Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh. Forgot the link. [link] ^^
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fairyfrog Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
D'awwwwhhh! :love:
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Faehwin Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Here you go ^^
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tired-girl Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Professional General Artist
This is beautiful!
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fairyfrog Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much!
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SyrianKnight Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
This is awesome. I love Mokume-Gane. I have made quite a few pieces myself utilizing this technique. Check out my own some time :)
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fairyfrog Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I have checked your smokume art already, actually! There isn't much mokume around Deviantart sadly, and I was looking for pattern inspiration! ;)
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SyrianKnight Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Well, I hope something in my gallery inspired you :)
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Samarai Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012
Woah, dudette!
This is sick!!
You gonna be making these for sale to the general public?
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fairyfrog Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Weeell.. I could..? I guess...
I mean, if there would be an interest for it. Lot of work, but I love the look of them... Buuuut... do you think anyone really would be interested...? *whistles innocently* ;) (Thank you so much! :hug: )
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Samarai Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012
Okay.. I was with you, right up to the innocent whistling.
Just let me know when they're ready.
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fairyfrog Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
*chuckle*

So what would you like, then? And what size? and pattern...? ;)
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Samarai Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012
One of these, that will fit on my wife's skinny wrist.
Natch
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fairyfrog Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I quote you "This is sick!!" - well, sadly, so is the price tag. >.<

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Samarai Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012
So.. let me axe you a question..
You figure to keep these in stock, as it were?
Or, is this a one-shot deal?
Thing is, for this kind of money, I'm thinking more along the line of B-day or Xmas, both of which, in her case, are in December, so...
But, you know, if this is gonna be it, then I'll go ahead and order it. Just have to figure out where to stash it til then.
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fairyfrog Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
And on a second note.
When I make these next time they might be more expensive. I usually see learning process as part of the reward and sell off my "test pieces" with a lesser tag than the latecoming siblings get. Just a little heads up. I know it isn't cheap as it is. >.<
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fairyfrog Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
This is the one I got, this is the one I'll sell.

To be honest, I am planning to make more but this is my very first finished mokume piece. There will never be another First One, but I'll be able to make similar things on commission! I am happy to have your custom any time!

It is a quite random technique though, so I will never be able to tell 100% what it is going to look like when finished. But it is not something I will never do again -it is a way too fun, old and rewarding technique not to visit again. :hug:
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spongeenthusiast Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012
Whoa that's just amazing @_@ I love bangles :aww:
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fairyfrog Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thankies! :hug:
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AviAngel-Flycir Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
That. Is. Amazing. Excellent work! :clap:
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fairyfrog Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much! I'm quite happy with it! My client wanted random mokumé, and I prefer making even and repetatively patterned items, but this was fun too! Less precision and more Rock N' Roll! ;)
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