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 $110 materials fee includes pre-made copper/brass billets, various carving burs, drill bits, a bull-nose chisel, cutoff wheels, mandrels, and 320 grit sandpaper.
Bring your Metalsmithing toolbox, including the following items:
Your Kit Fee (if not paid with your Tuition)
1 Slotted mandrel for emery paper
6 High speed 7/8” separating discs, 1/16” hole
2 Screw mandrels, 1/8” shank
1 File, 8”
1 Jeweler’s ruler
Beeswax OR stick lubricant
Face mask (P95/N95 or better)
1 Sharpie marker, fine tip
Studio Attire is MANDATORY: Closed toed shoes that completely cover the feet are required. Full length pants, crew neck style tee-shirt, no loose clothing.