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    Default WIP: Couple of Flame Colored Mokume Gane Lights

    Some WIP photos for a couple of lights that I am making out of two-color Mokume Gane. The goal will be to have

    these flame colored and then either coated to protect the colors, or possibly colored, then turned down to expose

    the bright silver. I'll see what I get as I go along. Here's the last flame colored light that I made using

    Mokume Gane:



    Posted 5/19/10:

    So, I'm using the same basic design--a modification of my Killer AAA Light--these are about 14-15mm in diameter

    and about 53-55mm long and use a 5mm LED driven at 90mA and powered by an eneloop rechargeable AAA battery. Only

    this time, I'm not going to make the light look quite so old--nor am I going to machine any grooves in the

    light--I intend to let the natural twist pattern speak for itself more. Here are the two bodies that I've made,

    with the heads screwed down onto the bodies:



    And here's a close=up of the head, showing the boring need for the LED and the driver board:



    I am etching these so that there is considerable relief between the two surfaces, as I might want to turn the

    light down as one of the final finishing operations. After etching:



    Another photo that shows the depth of the etch a bit better:



    Update:

    I torched the light, trying to be a bit more patient this time, so that I wouldn't go past some of the interesting colors. I decided to stop quite early this time,

    when I had a red/violet color:



    And a close-up:



    Then it was back to the lathe to skim the oxides off the nickel silver, leaving a highly contrasted light:

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    Default Re: WIP: Couple of Flame Colored Mokume Gane Lights

    Wow.

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    Coming to a Custom B/S/T thread near you?

    Also, La Petite Mokume Gane??
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    Quote Originally Posted by ninemm View Post
    Coming to a Custom B/S/T thread near you?

    Also, La Petite Mokume Gane??
    Uh huh, yup, that would be a nice thing, too.

    Just need to find the time. Actually, I'll probably wait until I'm doing my mini run of sterling silver LPKs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PhotonFanatic View Post
    Uh huh, yup, that would be a nice thing, too.

    Just need to find the time. Actually, I'll probably wait until I'm doing my mini run of sterling silver LPKs.

    Do you have a very rough time estimate? I just need to know when to schedule that kidney removal surgery.

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    The sterling silver rod is flying to me as we type, but I don't know when I'll get to the LPKs, but probably within a month. Just don't hold me to it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PhotonFanatic View Post
    The sterling silver rod is flying to me as we type, but I don't know when I'll get to the LPKs, but probably within a month. Just don't hold me to it.
    No worries. We won't chain you to your work bench or anything...

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    The second light took quite a different turn, due to some issues that arose while etching the Mokume Gane--seems that there was a particular layer that wanted to develop pits. I've induced pitting when it suits me, but usually all over the body of the light. This localized pitting just looked bad, so I had to turn the light down to remove the pitting for the most part.

    Then I flamed the body and left the nickel silver black, rather than turning it down, as in the first one:



    The head of the light is actually some tri-color Mokume Gane, consisting of copper, brass and nickel silver, although it is hard to see the brass. In addition, I decided to put some grooves into the head, for decorative effect and a better grip for turning the light on and off.



    So here are the final two lights from the same bar of Mokume Gane:




    I'll undoubtedly do a few more of these before too long, but I've got a bunch of Chad Nichols SS Damascus that needs to be turned (no pun intended) into lights first.
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    Love the newest mg creation there Fred! The difference in tone between the nickel and copper is phenomenal!

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    That's friggin' awesome.

    I love how it went from being a possibly bad situation, and turned into something awesomely minimal, sleek, and purrrdy.

    Thanks for sharing!

    john

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    I just received the 2nd of these lights (dark contrast and small flutes in head) it is gorgeous and extremely well made. Great light and great dealing with Fred

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    Default Re: WIP: Couple of Flame Colored Mokume Gane Lights

    And I've just received the first one (the shiny nickel silver one). It is even nicer in the metal. I think it is more of a piece of jewelry/art rather than a tool

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