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.
This workshop will focus on patterning using pre-made copper/brass/nickel silver billets. 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 four different patterning techniques: drill press cutting, flex-shaft carving, bull-nose chiseling and bump/grind. After demos, participants have ample time to practice and then create a final patterned piece with provided copper/silver billets.
Mandatory Kit fee for pre-made billets to work on in class: $125.00