This yet-to-be-patterned "Skagit" mokume gane rod is made with layers of Argentium® Silver, copper, and shibuichi (a 15% silver/85% copper alloy). The composition of the completed rod is approximately 34% Argentium, 36% copper and 30% shibuichi alloy. The billet is made with alternating layers of metals—eight layers of Argentium, four layers of shibuichi alloy, and five layers of copper—with copper being the final layer on both sides. The silver layers are half the thickness of the other metals in this sheet. The metal content percentages may vary somewhat in your patterned material, depending on the mokume gane effects you create. As you form the rod into your designs, intricate patterns emerge.
For a striking high-contrast effect, try exposing some copper on the outer surfaces of a jewelry piece and applying a patina such as Baldwin’s Patina. The patina will stain the copper dark but will not affect the bright white silver. The result is a wood-grain look with stark, elegant contrasts among light and dark striations.
This rod is stocked in 24" lengths that can be cut to order. Quantities greater than three feet will be filled by a number of 24" pieces plus whatever cut length is needed to meet the quantity ordered. Due to the cutting capabilities of the shear, minimum purchase is 2".
Created by Phil Baldwin of Shining Wave Metals, this mokume gane combines the high quality of Shining Wave products with the brilliant, tarnish-resistant qualities of Argentium® Silver. Because copper can react with skin chemistry, turning skin green, always keep this in mind when creating bracelets, rings and other pieces that may have prolonged contact with skin (see 'Please Note' below).