Making a Mokume Ring Part 3

The Stainless-Steel wrapped ingot clamp in a Cold Kiln
Then the stainless-wrapped package is placed in the kiln. The tubes on each side are only for support, to keep the clamp vertical
Kiln at 1600 degrees Farenheit and held there for 6 hours to permit fusing of the strips
The temperature in the kiln is raised to 1600 degrees Farenheit and held there for 6 hours to permit fusing of the strips
The Mokume Billet after Firing
After the billet has been fired for 6 hours at 1600F, it is allowed to cool and the stainless envelope is opened
The billet layers have fused together into a solid mass with 24 layers
The billet layers have fused together into a solid mass with 24 layers
To prevent stress risers from forming cracks in the billet as it is worked, the edges are sawn off
To prevent stress risers from forming cracks in the billet as it is worked, the edges are sawn off
Cleaning the Mokume billet with a scotch brite wheel
The billet is cleaned using a scotch-brite wheel on the polishing machine. This removes scale, dirt and surface imperfections from the metal
Forging the hot Mokume Billet
The billet is then heated to 900 degrees and forged with a hammer and anvil to make a bar that will fit in the rolling mill
Annealing the Mokume Billet
After forging, the metal is cleaned with the scotch-brite wheel again to remove the discoloration caused by contact with hammer and anvil and then it is annealed at red heat