Mokume-gane, Sterling Silver, and Brass Fusion Buckle
The unique, hand-crafted Fusion - Madrid belt buckle is part of Neil's Fusion Series for the obvious fusing of metals, but also for the more subtle fusion of East and West, classic and traditional, complex and elegant. Neil hand-crafted each of these buckles (and sets) from metal plate, bar, and wire - and each is uniquely sculpted. The Fusion - Madrid belt buckle is true wearable art, and makes a great gift for graduation, retirement, and more.
Neil likes experimenting with different kinds of Mokume-gane. The Fusion - Madrid is a classy, hand-crafted belt buckle made mostly out of Mokume-gane (Japanese for "wood grained metals"). This is a type of Japanese married metal made from diffusion bonded laminates often used in decorating swords, in this case consisting of nickel silver, brass, and copper. The buckle is cut from one solid piece of Mokume-gane, and the waves in the metal continue on the sides creating an interesting pattern (see angled photo). The tongue is sterling silver and the bail is brass.
This simple and dressy belt buckle is a classy statement on any straight or ranger belt strap. It is nicely weighted without being too heavy. The surface of the buckle was slightly acid-etched creating a beautiful, wood-grain-like texture and bringing out the subtle colors in the combined metals. With the copper and brass color in the Mokume-gane this buckle looks amazing on blue-jeans!
About The Fusion Series
Neil has always enjoyed combining different metals in his buckles, and has recently gone “all-the-way” with his fusion of styles, materials, influences, inspirations, and aspirations. This series of unique, hand-crafted buckles (and some sets) is inspired from aesthetics as varied as Japanese and Scandinavian to Western and South-West Indian designs.
The mosaics of this fusion of metals is especially intriguing as Neil incorporates not only Mokume-gane, which itself is a married metal, he then adds sterling silver and sometimes brass, gold, and shakudo. Mokume-gane is Japanese for “wood grained metals”, which is a metal made from diffusion bonded laminates. Shakudo is a Japanese alloy formulated for a special patina. Both of these Japanese metals are commonly used in decorating swords.
We called them The Fusion Series because of the obvious fusing of metals, but also for the more subtle fusion of East and West, classic and traditional, complex and elegant. Neil hand-crafted each of these pieces from metal plate, bar, and wire – and each is uniquely sculpted. They are true wearable art, and make great gifts for retirement, graduation, and more.