Alchimia – Japanese alloys

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Professor Kimiaki Kageyama led the week’s workshop. I made 3 alloy mini ingots – 2 shibuichi (silver and copper) and 1 shakudo (gold and copper).

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I used the shakudo, when I’d rolled it down to sheet, to make magpie earrings using silverĀ  nunome-zougan. They are patinated with copper sulphate and copper oxide, the silver protected by daikon.

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I used shubuichi for a grey wolf. I reticulated the surface for texture when I soldered the loops to hold the chain. This piece is heading to my sister for her birthday.

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Sensei Kageyama inlaid silver into the shakudo raven for me. He also helped me make a chisel for future nunome zougan projects. The shakudo is patinated.

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