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Wood's Eye in Metalsmithing

Mokume-gane is a Japanese term for "wood grain eye". It is a combination of complex metals that can include gold, copper, steel, brass, sterling and nickel silver, iron and bronze. Stacks of 2 x 2, 18 ga metal, scrupulously cleaned and placed under pressure, these plates are heated until they achieve a liouidous state and fuse together. As a stack, steel burs are ground into the metal creating scoops and lines. Worked first on an anvil to flatten and then finally rolled through a mill, the metal "grain" emerges, distinct to that maker. The final result is a beautiful and delicate pattern emulating the grain of wood.

Wood's Eye in Metalsmithing

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