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Mokume Gane silver and copper bangle view 2 by fairyfrog Mokume Gane silver and copper bangle view 2 by fairyfrog
When metal meets wood...

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.



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:iconbadlukart:
BadLukArt Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Very smooth work. I love those two metals together. 
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Aniandsaleena Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
Hi I love the look of ur copper and silver bangle . And I'm interested in buying one for myself . Please can u get in touch with me. My email address is anilbanger980@gmail.com
Thank u
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smokeywing13 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
Metal that looks like wood.....very earthy. Nice work!
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fairyfrog Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :D
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fromashesirise Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012
Just LOVELY...Ummmmm very nice i like ! Stacked? as in heated to high temp and then hammered together ?
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fairyfrog Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yes. stacked silver/copper/silver/copper etc and then heated and fused together. There is a fine line between fused together and molten into a pink, useless blob of very very hard alloyed metal. O.o
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SyrianKnight Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
How much would you sell something like this for?
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fairyfrog Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
This one sold for approx. 400 us dollars. ;)
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SyrianKnight Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Nice. Unfortunately, I have yet to sell any of my Mokume-Gane items in this area. This town is VERY uncultured and uneducated, and those who do seek to better themselves, never come back here. I am in the process of leaving this town, myself.
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RMikkE Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Professional General Artist
Simply amazing contrast!
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fairyfrog Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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TxYankee Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wow, wonderful. Love it. I have wanted to work with Mokume, this is inspirational!
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fairyfrog Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Making the material is a pain, but once it is done it's so rewarding when you see the patterns forming!
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hammadmalik Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
amazing piece of art. great work
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fairyfrog Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much!
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hammadmalik Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
welcome i always wanna see new art techniques
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Salazarfalcon Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012
This is so beautiful. I would wear something like this every day if I had the chance. <3
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fairyfrog Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I am planning to make one for myself that is a bit more "Fairyfrog".. I keep looking at this though, and can't quite put it down. It's something magical with the wood grin patterend metal I can't put my finger on.. :)

Thank you so much!
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wallawallabigguy Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012
This is fantastic! I first learned about this kind of work researching how Samurai swords are created.
When you combine the stacks do you hammer it or roll it?
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fairyfrog Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
The base stack is traditionally cleaned, forced together tight and then heated in an oven so the metal sheets fuse together on a molecular level. Then you mill it. You stack it (this is 15 pieces, if I recall correctly) and never have to fold it like you do with the steel forging.
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wallawallabigguy Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012
I didn't think about the oven. It is amazing what happens to metals at the right temperature. As a machinist I have done a lot of heat treatments. Thanks
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drake-rex Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
wow, that's an amazing effect
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fairyfrog Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! I heated the finished bangle to get the copper do get a more saturated colour as well.
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tarorae Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Professional General Artist
I had never heard of this technique before, but it is SO neat~ I really like the layer of texture by the 'wood grain' combined with the etching. I'd love to see more of this~
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fairyfrog Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Oh! Happy to show you something new, then! :hug:
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tarorae Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Professional General Artist
I'd love to see some geometric earrings, (perhaps different cut shapes all separately suspended from the same hoop?) made from this Mokume Gane technique. Is it possible to do copper as the main metal with a different metal running through it? Or to do copper with oxidized copper streaks? :O
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DreamingDragonDesign Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I adore mokume. And this is lovely.
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fairyfrog Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much! I can't wait to do the next one! :happybounce:
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DreamingDragonDesign Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I adore mokume. And this is lovely.
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fairyfrog Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much!
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