A lovely man who had spent years of weekends fossicking dropped in to my workshop to have the gold he had found melted into bars.
I grew attached to a few tiny nuggets and he kindly sold them to me.
I have combined them each with shakudo—a japanese alloy (6% gold, 94% copper). I have a particular interest in the Japanese metalsmithing technique known as irogane, which combines copper with precious metals to produce a diverse colour palette. The black of the shakudo provides a wonderful contrast to the gold in its natural state.
I have fallen totally in love with these tiny black and gold bits and can see myself continuing to make them for years to come.
Queensland alluvial gold nuggets,
shakudo (6% gold, 94% copper) treated with niage, and