Finally got the colouring of the Japanese alloys working, so can now start on making the components of the piece. 

 

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These hearts are made from high-purity Copper, with 25/75 Ag/Cu fused to the surface, then press-formed. The idea is that on colouring in Rokusho, the copper will turn a deep red and the shakudo will go a deep grey.

I also cut the baseplate for the tattoo machine today: 

 

Beneath The Skin (WIP) 62

The metal is a shakudo alloy of 3/97 Au/Cu which should go a deep blue-black. The fine silver skull will stay white, polished silver. I read an article today which said that Japanese craftspeople who work with this material aim to colour it "like a wet crow's wing", which I think is rather lovely.

Details of the baseplate will be picked out in sterling and various different shibuichi alloys and there will be stones set on it too.

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