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. The billet can be made into sheet metal with a variety of patterns by repeatedly carving through layers and reducing the thickness. Ring stock can be made by twisting a thick piece to re-orient the layers and removing material to reveal a hidden pattern.
The workshop will focus on traditional fusion bonded Mokume Gane. Combining Japanese tradition and western technology, Eric guides participants through the Mokume Gane process. Participants will learn a low tech, low cost, but efficient method to making Mokume Gane-using a refractory brick mini furnace and soldering torch to fire the billet. Participants will start by making their own billet and finish with a seamless forged band ring. In between are several technical demonstrations, so beginning metals & jewelry skills are needed to be successful in this workshop.
**Your $120 kit fee includes the following: pre-cut silver and copper pieces for your billet, steel torque plates with hardware, a cleaning jig, Scotch-Brite cleaning blocks, 220 grit sandpaper, and pumice powder. If you would like to purchase a refractory brick mini furnace, they will be available for $65. (This will allow you to make Mokume Gane billets in your own shop!)
**Participants need to bring all items on the Mokume Gane tool list, linked below.
**Note to those considering this workshop:
There will be a TON of ongoing hammering. If you have strength issues, please carefully consider that we will be hammering a good bit of the time before registering for this Master Workshop.