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    Default The Mack Gane nee the Mokume Gane #3

    As I had mentioned in a previous thread, one method of etching produced a very nice, and different, appearance than the usual etching from ferric chloride. So, on my next Mokume Gane light, I decided to use this non-traditional etching technique--which reveals the crystalline structure on the surface:



    You can clearly see what appear to be the various facets of the various metals. And when done deeply enough, one gets a decent texture as well:



    If you look closely, at the top of the tail end, you can see the raised edges of the various metals--the nickel silver stands tall, since it is the hardest of the three metals.

    So, now on to the light itself:







    Light engine, lens, etc., are not installed yet, but this is the front of the light, albeit not quite bored out to match the McR-19XR reflector yet.

    Couple of close-ups:





    Since the MG-3 is ideally suited for driving an LED as hard as possible, due to the great thermal transfer ability of the copper, it will have a Cree XP-G R4 LED, a GD1000 driver and a 14500 Litium Ion battery. It will be O-ring sealed and have a mineral glass lens as well.
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    Default Re: Mokume Gane #3

    once again........you push the envelope!!!!!!
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    Default Re: Mokume Gane #3

    WOW! That looks awesome.

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    Default Re: Mokume Gane #3

    Beautiful, Beautiful, Beautiful can't wait to see it finished.

    Will it be a twistie or clickie and is it for sale?

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    It is a twisty.

    As for whether it will be for sale, or not, I really haven't decided yet. There is the question of the long-term appearance of the light, for instance. As we all know, both copper and brass with tarnish over time. So those pristine facets will look like something else down the road. The question is, would it still be nice, or not? The amount of time I've invested in this light is quite high, as was the investment in material, not to mention the pieces that were ruined while trying to make the light.

    Consequently, the price will be high, and I'm not comfortable yet in asking for top dollar when I can't say what the light will look like later.

    Perhaps there something worth doing now to help preserve the appearance, such as using some Simichrome Polish on it, but only wiping it off very gently so as not to abrade the surface--that helps prevent oxidation, as I've seen on some other lights that I've made. Or, another option would be to just put on a thin layer of Renaissance Wax for some protection.

    I may just hold onto it for a couple of months to see what the changes are before deciding. But someone might twist my arm enough to convince me to let it go.
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    Default Re: Mokume Gane #3

    Quote Originally Posted by PhotonFanatic View Post
    I'm not sure if I've ever quoted a post with a picture - but had to with this.

    Fred, that's sick. Seriously.

    Outstanding, amazing, and beautiful. I'm not impressed - I'm blown away.

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    Default Re: Mokume Gane #3

    very nice Fred...
    another unique heirloom treasure

    renaissance wax will work fine ...
    but mokume is just as nice with patina
    or you can polish occasionally

    I have my own mokume on my keychain and the constant handling has kept it totally free of oxidation

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    Default Re: Mokume Gane #3

    Mmmm... popcorn is good. I like air-popped.

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    Default Re: Mokume Gane #3

    Quote Originally Posted by EricMack View Post
    The MackGane is on its way to you.



    Taken just before applying Renaissance Wax to deter any oxidation.





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    MackGane!!

    Man, the postguy is going to get mugged!!

    Can't wait, Fred.

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