Mokume Gane, or wood grain metal, is a traditional Japanese technique in which two or more different metals are meticulously cleaned, alternately stacked, compressed and heated to a high temperature. The result is the fusing of all layers into a solid block or billet. After thinning the billet can be made into patterned sheet metal and utilized in jewelry or functional objects.
There are endless possibilities when making a piece of patterned Mokume Gane sheet. The shape of the tool often dictates the shape of the final pattern and subtleties in technique will result in a unique piece every time. Participants will learn three different patterning techniques: drill press cutting, flex-shaft carving, and bull-nose chiseling. After demos participants have ample time to practice using pre-made billets.
A $100 materials fee includes pre-made copper/brass billets, various carving burs, drill bits, a bull-nose chisel, cutoff wheels, mandrels, and 320 grit sandpaper.