Monday, April 16, 2012

Palladium-silver mokume success!

After a night in the kiln, this combination looks pretty well bonded. I will try twisting it and see...

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Palladium silver mokume wedding rings WIP

The time has arrived for some serious mokume experimentation. I have researched and cast my own alloys, namely Palladium 500 (50% palladium, the rest silver and copper), and Palladium enhanced Sterling Silver (Sterling Silver with 3% Palladium). The cost of the materials alone exceeds 6 euros per gram, let alone the casting and rolling to sheet form.

Here are the two ingots in a light that shows their true contrast.

And here are the rolled strips ready to be bonded, under a light that makes the palladium look almost black.

I will try to bond this combination in my electric kiln, using the usual stainless box setup, but at a much higher temperature, and longer, overnight soaking times. Should be interesting!