KPeacock Posted August 21, 2009 Share Posted August 21, 2009 I can't remember which section I sw a recent thread on mokume in, but apparently folks are having a hard time making it. There is some debate about how it may/may not damage a forge and render it useless for suture ferrous metal welding. I don't know anything about any of that stuff, but I did make some mokume last night. I had to buy a new propane torch to replace one that was damaged after years of use. Bernz-o-matic has some new designs with "swirl technology" that claim to have better mixing and higher heats. I figured I might as well get some MAPP gas for it as well and see what it can do. I easily welded up a stack of 4 U.S. Quarters and also a stack of 6 U.S. Quarters. I used a wire wheel on each of the quarters to clean them up a bit and the n used my leaning chemical of choice (Automotive wax/grease remover for paint prep.) and set in a stack on top of a hard fire brick. After about a minute in the flame, molten bubbly metal can be seen and I simply tapped the stack a few times with s small hammer. Rotate the stack 180° and repeat. I then flipped the stack and did the same on the other side to make sure the welds were solid on that side. I hammered the small piece out into roughly the shape of the guard and after a quick bit of sanding and then just touching on the the buffing wheel reveals a nice pattern. Anyways, if ya'll are looking to make some mokume, this seemed pretty easy to do and didn't take a whole lot of equipment. I"m not what success you can get with propane as I haven't tried that out yet, but I figured I'd share what I do know in case folks want to give it a try. Have you ever thought about the life of steel? It's interesting to think that you can control the fate of a piece of metal. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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