THE ART OF SHIBUICHI
Shibuichi is a metal alloy of silver and copper dating back to the 10th century. Traditionally, it was used as a decorative metal for Samurai swords using 25% silver and 75% copper although other ratios are used, and the alloy is still known as Shibuichi.
My first encounter with Shibuichi was in a book on how to apply various finishes to metal. I was drawn to it because it can be patinated in a variety of colors, and I enjoy the challenge of creating jewelry with a unique finish.
Experimenting with various chemical ingredients results in a variety of colors and finishes that allow me to indulge my “mad scientist” urge. The metal surface can also be heated to near melting which results in a textured pattern similar to a reticulated finish.