My Boxes

These boxes, are all examples of Japanese Metalwork that I have created.

Box A
Box A: 140mm x 90mm x 40mm

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

Box B: 105mm diameter x 50mm

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
Box C: 110mm x 80mm x 40mm

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.)



2 Responses to My Boxes

  1. Kevin Michael East says:

    Beautiful work, it inspires me. I make copper/brass Mokume Gane for knife bolsters. I teach welding (and Knife-making)to high school students so there is always brazing rod scrap left over. The copper is salvage 14 gauge house wiring.I have spun the copper into coils but usually a simple folded twist works and looks better. My strips start out 1/4 inch thick,six strips wide doubled in thickness to 1/2 x about 28 inches long. It’s serious work to forge the bar down but if a student helps they get the privilege of using it on their knife handle. It takes a while to get something esthetically pleasing but when asked what pattern it is, I call it Canadian Bacon. I found I could color with ammonia and also warmed up cold gun blue solution.

  2. Melinda says:

    Sorry it has taken so long to approve your post. There seems to be some issues with the sites notification system. I’m sorry to say that my Dad has passed away.