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    "Help me buy a kiln" Menuki sale

    I've been using a unorthodox propane system as a kiln for making menuki recently, and I decided it's time to buy a programmable kiln... which are kind of expensive. All prices include US shipping.

    So, here's some of my menuki, all listed at very low cost.

    White Bronze menuki. White bronze is different than yellow bronze, and it fractures easily. Bronze clay can bend and flex, white bronze is almost like ceramic, hard, but fragile at the same time.

    Sakura menuki, fired ever slightly too hot, white bronze has a lower melting temp. Detail is good, not perfect. $20

    Kenmakiryu. Also white bronze, one of the tips of the sword cracked in firing, so I had to epoxy it. Under a tsukamaki it should be fine. Areas of red copper are showing, an after effect of firing slightly too hot. -SOLD-

    Lion Dog menuki. Near perfect, very good detail. White bronze, so be careful with them. $25.


    Champagne Bronze. An experiment, since white bronze is fragile, I wanted to see if adding some yellow bronze in a 50/50 mix would produce a yellowish silver bronze that was stronger, more flexible. Well, it worked... sort of. The effects were random. Bronze only shrinks about 5% in the kiln, one set shrank about 10%. The color seemed about right. Another set the color was very dark.

    Sakura menuki. Champagne bronze, decent sharpness, not perfect. $20

    Wind and Thunder God menuki. Two small tips fractured during the kiln firing, so these are on a super discount for only $15.


    Copper Menuki

    This set is made from a different copper clay than I am using now. Shrinkage rate is higher, but it didn't require a kiln, just a propane torch.

    Catfish menuki - $20

    Lion Dog and peony - darkened copper. The peony was a smaller mould I made before I made a second, better detailed mould. $15

    Bronze Menuki - Yellow bronze. Very strong, flexible, durable. As you can see, these tend to have the best detail as they are very hard to over heat, tend not to crack or separate, and clean up and patina very well.

    Catfish menuki - Solid bronze. Larger than the copper as it has a smaller shrinking rate. -SOLD-

    Ume plum blossom - $25

    Lion Dog and peony - these were coated in oil and heated, the effect was a very nice brown patina. - $30

    Hanwei Menuki

    Paul Chen Bushido Sakura menuki. - $30
    Paul Chen Bushido Wak menuki - $25
    Paul Chen Musashi menuki - $25


    Dragon Menuki $25
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    Last edited by Aaron Justice; 02-25-2012 at 11:03 AM.
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    One last pic.
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    Every time I put on a suit for a wedding or other event, I feel like I'm wearing optimal clothing for an epic fight scene...

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    PM sent, very nice work mate.
    Jussi Ekholm

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    Two gone already.
    Every time I put on a suit for a wedding or other event, I feel like I'm wearing optimal clothing for an epic fight scene...

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    Musashi menuki pending. Several more inquiries sorting right now.

    Act fast people.
    Every time I put on a suit for a wedding or other event, I feel like I'm wearing optimal clothing for an epic fight scene...

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    Bump. Feel free to make package offers.
    Every time I put on a suit for a wedding or other event, I feel like I'm wearing optimal clothing for an epic fight scene...

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