California-based goldsmiths Michael Parrish and Daniel Jenkins have developed a proprietary combination of heat, pressure, forging, and carving to produce the bold MD patterns. Their process of solid-state diffusion bonding starts with making their own alloys, including the 18K gold, as well as the dark and light contrast layers. This gives them a stable billet with crisp, clear layers of the different metals, and provides fine control of color balances. It also helps prevent melting during bonding, and delamination later.
MD Mokume patterns are unique, using up to seven alloys. Indeed, the patterns a goldsmith cuts in Mokume are as individual as a painter's identifying brushstrokes.
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