These boxes, are all examples of Japanese Metalwork that I have created.
Box [A] is a rectangular box using Mokume-gane. All sides and the top are constructed of 7 layers. The inner 5 layers of metal are in 8 sections, and the others are a full sheet. All layers are different and are silver soldered together (i.e. they have a silver soldered strata inlay). To be able to solder the metal this way, the solder is at 700oC – 720oC. This temperature is important because if it is too low, the solder won’t be hard enough to fix the metal and if it is too high, the metal will melt! A flame is needed rather than a kiln or furnace when heating solder so precisely.
Box [B] is a cylindrical box using a technique I have invented myself. The sides and lid are made from 7 different metals. 6 of the metals are made into square wire and soldered together side–by-side on brass sheet. Again, I have used silver solder, this time 600oC – 620oC.
Box [C] is another rectangular box using another technique I have invented. This pattern is constructed from just 2 different metals of different shapes, inlaid into brass sheet (fitted together like a jigsaw puzzle). The pieces are soldered in place at the edges, using silver solder, again at 600oC – 620oC. All boxes are pickled, but with this box, I masked some parts with oil paint prior to dipping in the pickle solution, then after pickling, scraped back some of the pickled areas. This way, I got 3 different colours from the brass sections.
All items are sealed and polished with Carnauba wax to prevent oxidization.
(Note: Carnauba wax must be obtained in pure flake or granular form, then dissolved in pure gum turpentine.)