Steel is the New Black.
I recently took a workshop in Pagosa Springs with Chris Nelson who has recently focused his extensive talents on fusing high-carat gold to low-carbon steel (aka iron) with spectacular results. Here’s a few of my creations. They haven’t been posted to the website yet but if you’re interested in knowing more, contact me. The process involves hammering mild (low-carbon) steel with handmade chisels to produce a texture that will enhance the fusing of high-carat gold, when the piece is exposed to high temperatures with a torch. The gold is placed on the textured steel in flake form and then heated till it flows. The pattern that the gold creates when it flows is somewhat unpredictable but can be helped by the surface texture of the steel, which is accomplished by a Japanese technique called nunome zougan. In the pieces below, I used 20k green gold on steel and created textures with handmade chisels and hammers.