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Can mokume gane wedding rings be resized?

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Yes!  We know how much you love looking at your Mokume Gane ring pattern and we do too!  It would be so sad to see an unplanned break or disruption in the pattern. Rest assured -we offer re-sizing of our Mokume Gane rings that will not disrupt the pattern should your hands change size or shape ( as they inevitably do)  Arn has honed his skills and will be able to resize your ring without creating a new seam.  Read more on our guide to our Mokume Gane rings page 

 

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Can mokume gane wedding rings be resized?

Posted by Arn Krebs on

Yes!  We know how much you love looking at your Mokume Gane ring pattern and we do too!  It would be so sad to see an unplanned break or disruption in the pattern. Rest assured -we offer re-sizing of our Mokume Gane rings that will not disrupt the pattern should your hands change size or shape ( as they inevitably do)  Arn has honed his skills and will be able to resize your ring without creating a new seam.  Read more on our guide to our Mokume Gane rings page 

 

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What Metals Are used in Mokume Gane?

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We offer two, three, and four stock metal combinations that use 14kt Yellow Gold, 14kt Red Gold, 14kt White Gold, Sterling Silver, and Palladium. My Mokume Gane jewelry involves any combination of these five metals, as the listings will picture. Custom combinations, or upgrades like 18k gold, can be done for an additional fee.

Any piece with Sterling Silver can also receive an oxidized finish, which is a surface treatment that darkens/blackens the silver. This treatment will wear off, but you can oxidize your own Mokume Gane jewelry at home and there are instructions on how to do this at the bottom of this guide.

Please note that we do not offer copper in our metal combinations. As much as we would like to offer copper in our metal palettes, copper unfortunately corrodes rapidly. A common occurrence you might’ve noticed after wearing copper jewelry is a green stain on your skin. Unfortunately, mixing copper and silver will cause the destruction of your ring and we want them to last you a lifetime!

All of my metals are responsibly sourced.

All of this info and more can be found on our guide page : https://www.susanfredastudios.com/pages/about-mokume-gane

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What Metals Are used in Mokume Gane?

Posted by Arn Krebs on

We offer two, three, and four stock metal combinations that use 14kt Yellow Gold, 14kt Red Gold, 14kt White Gold, Sterling Silver, and Palladium. My Mokume Gane jewelry involves any combination of these five metals, as the listings will picture. Custom combinations, or upgrades like 18k gold, can be done for an additional fee.

Any piece with Sterling Silver can also receive an oxidized finish, which is a surface treatment that darkens/blackens the silver. This treatment will wear off, but you can oxidize your own Mokume Gane jewelry at home and there are instructions on how to do this at the bottom of this guide.

Please note that we do not offer copper in our metal combinations. As much as we would like to offer copper in our metal palettes, copper unfortunately corrodes rapidly. A common occurrence you might’ve noticed after wearing copper jewelry is a green stain on your skin. Unfortunately, mixing copper and silver will cause the destruction of your ring and we want them to last you a lifetime!

All of my metals are responsibly sourced.

All of this info and more can be found on our guide page : https://www.susanfredastudios.com/pages/about-mokume-gane

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What is Mokume-gane and How is it Made?

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Mokume-gane (Mokumegane) is a Japanese metalworking technique in which varying colored layers of precious metal are alloyed together to create a sandwich  or a "billet". Mokume gane translates to "wood eye metal" which reflects the wood grain patterning admired by the Japanese craftsmen.  The billet is then manipulated  with heat and pressure, then twisted, carved, and forged to create beautiful organic patterns. Eventually a pattern resembling wood grain emerges in the metal. 

 This rare metal lamination process is similar to Damascus and was developed and used by Japanese swordsmiths in the 17th century to adorn samurai swords.

By the mid 20th century, mokume gane art form was nearly entirely unknown. Because mokume is such a difficult task, and because Japan had moved away from traditional craft, mokume was nearly extinct.  It had reached a point where only collectors and scholars of metalsmithing were aware of the craft.  Thankfully in the 1970s Hiroko Sato Pijanowski and her husband Eugene Pijanowski changed the landscape for mokume gane. Eugene, who earned the craft from the amazing Living National Treasure Norio Tamagawa. Eugene brought the craft to the US and Hiroko began teaching it to her students. At this point the technique re-emerged in the public eye. 

All mokume patterns are achieved by one of two processes; carving or forging.  Guri Bori mokume requires the most involved carving, resulting in a ring that has recesses or layers that resemble topography. Other carved patterns include the wood grain pattern, the twist pattern, and the droplet patterning. Forged patterns include our vortex pattern, flow pattern, and guri bori pattern. 

Our mokume patterns are made in various combinations of yellow gold, red gold, silver, and palladium. In Arn's many years of making mokume he has developed the skillset to make bands that resemble wood grain, topographical canyons, oceanic waves, and other natural formations. Arn take's pride in the custom nature of the work and offer the widest selection of mokume patterns that you will see at any shop. Arn chooses not to line his rings with silver or gold and rather to let the beautiful wood grain patterning of the mokume shine through to the inside of the ring.  The integrity of the metal is featured this way and assures that you are getting a quality ring, not a thin sheet of mokume hidden by a liner.  The texture and feel of mokume is something to be treasured. 

Please note that all mokume patterns are unique and so the ring you take home will vary from those pictured. The images in the listings are meant to give an example of our different style options and quality of the ring, but please keep in mind that every item is individually made by hand and will inevitably vary from other rings in the same pattern category. Each ring is heirloom quality and bespoke.

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What is Mokume-gane and How is it Made?

Posted by Arn Krebs on

 

Mokume-gane (Mokumegane) is a Japanese metalworking technique in which varying colored layers of precious metal are alloyed together to create a sandwich  or a "billet". Mokume gane translates to "wood eye metal" which reflects the wood grain patterning admired by the Japanese craftsmen.  The billet is then manipulated  with heat and pressure, then twisted, carved, and forged to create beautiful organic patterns. Eventually a pattern resembling wood grain emerges in the metal. 

 This rare metal lamination process is similar to Damascus and was developed and used by Japanese swordsmiths in the 17th century to adorn samurai swords.

By the mid 20th century, mokume gane art form was nearly entirely unknown. Because mokume is such a difficult task, and because Japan had moved away from traditional craft, mokume was nearly extinct.  It had reached a point where only collectors and scholars of metalsmithing were aware of the craft.  Thankfully in the 1970s Hiroko Sato Pijanowski and her husband Eugene Pijanowski changed the landscape for mokume gane. Eugene, who earned the craft from the amazing Living National Treasure Norio Tamagawa. Eugene brought the craft to the US and Hiroko began teaching it to her students. At this point the technique re-emerged in the public eye. 

All mokume patterns are achieved by one of two processes; carving or forging.  Guri Bori mokume requires the most involved carving, resulting in a ring that has recesses or layers that resemble topography. Other carved patterns include the wood grain pattern, the twist pattern, and the droplet patterning. Forged patterns include our vortex pattern, flow pattern, and guri bori pattern. 

Our mokume patterns are made in various combinations of yellow gold, red gold, silver, and palladium. In Arn's many years of making mokume he has developed the skillset to make bands that resemble wood grain, topographical canyons, oceanic waves, and other natural formations. Arn take's pride in the custom nature of the work and offer the widest selection of mokume patterns that you will see at any shop. Arn chooses not to line his rings with silver or gold and rather to let the beautiful wood grain patterning of the mokume shine through to the inside of the ring.  The integrity of the metal is featured this way and assures that you are getting a quality ring, not a thin sheet of mokume hidden by a liner.  The texture and feel of mokume is something to be treasured. 

Please note that all mokume patterns are unique and so the ring you take home will vary from those pictured. The images in the listings are meant to give an example of our different style options and quality of the ring, but please keep in mind that every item is individually made by hand and will inevitably vary from other rings in the same pattern category. Each ring is heirloom quality and bespoke.

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WHAT DOES MOKUME GANE MEAN? What is Shakudo ? What is Shibuichi?

Posted by Arn Krebs on

"Mokume Gane" is a Japanese term that can be translated to "Wood Eye Metal". The methods used to make Mokume reference wood grain patterns of eyes, burls, swirls and layers but since they are made from precious metal they are long lasting and incredibly durable. 

Shakudo and Shibuichi are two Japanese alloys that give a lovely range of colors to the metal. "Shakudo" is primarily copper with 3-6% gold alloyed in & "Shibuichi" means one fourth in Japanese and refers to the formula of one part silver to three parts copper. These metals can be patinated into a range of subtle greys and muted shades of blue, green, and brown.

Pictured here is our Mokume Gane Trapezoidal Pendant with Shibuichi Fade .measures 1.5 inches in height, and features a Fade/Incline pattern in 25/75 Shibuichi, 60/40 Shibuichi and silver mokume gane.


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WHAT DOES MOKUME GANE MEAN? What is Shakudo ? What is Shibuichi?

Posted by Arn Krebs on

"Mokume Gane" is a Japanese term that can be translated to "Wood Eye Metal". The methods used to make Mokume reference wood grain patterns of eyes, burls, swirls and layers but since they are made from precious metal they are long lasting and incredibly durable. 

Shakudo and Shibuichi are two Japanese alloys that give a lovely range of colors to the metal. "Shakudo" is primarily copper with 3-6% gold alloyed in & "Shibuichi" means one fourth in Japanese and refers to the formula of one part silver to three parts copper. These metals can be patinated into a range of subtle greys and muted shades of blue, green, and brown.

Pictured here is our Mokume Gane Trapezoidal Pendant with Shibuichi Fade .measures 1.5 inches in height, and features a Fade/Incline pattern in 25/75 Shibuichi, 60/40 Shibuichi and silver mokume gane.


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How Do You Make Mokume Gane Metal? See Arn Make some here....

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 In the Studio with Arn Krebs - Videography by Jason Wessel


These stores are now carrying Arn's line of Mokume Gane rings:

eGrace.Love - East Hartford, CT 
Turgeon Raine - Seattle, WA
Laura Preshong Jewelry - Boston, MA

 

 Detail Shots of Dress Scultpure's - Videography by Jason Wessel

You can now find Susan Freda's jewelry at these lovely galleries:

eGrace.Love- East Hartford, CT
Rachel K DeLong Gallery- Wellfleet, MA
Gallery 4 - New Collection - Tiverton, RI 

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How Do You Make Mokume Gane Metal? See Arn Make some here....

Posted by Arn Krebs on

 In the Studio with Arn Krebs - Videography by Jason Wessel


These stores are now carrying Arn's line of Mokume Gane rings:

eGrace.Love - East Hartford, CT 
Turgeon Raine - Seattle, WA
Laura Preshong Jewelry - Boston, MA

 

 Detail Shots of Dress Scultpure's - Videography by Jason Wessel

You can now find Susan Freda's jewelry at these lovely galleries:

eGrace.Love- East Hartford, CT
Rachel K DeLong Gallery- Wellfleet, MA
Gallery 4 - New Collection - Tiverton, RI 

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