Mokume Gane (Kiln) with Eric Burris

Friday, April 29, 2022; 3:00PM - 6:00PM PT (Pacific Time)
Saturday, April 30, 2022; 10:00AM - 6:00PM PT (Pacific Time)
Sunday, May 1, 2022; 10:00AM - 6:00PM PT (Pacific Time)

Online


Cost: $480


SOLD OUT! See below for other workshop dates.

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 rearrange the layers and removing material to reveal a hidden pattern.

Participants will learn a western influenced method to make mokume gane by using a digitally controlled electric kiln to fire a copper and silver billet. Participants will start by making their own billet, pattern it into sheet metal, and fabricate a seamless mokume gane ring. There are several technical demonstrations, so beginning metals & jewelry skills are needed to be successful in this workshop. 

Day one of the workshop covers cleaning metal and firing the billet. With this method, correct temperature and amount of firing time are critical, so using an electric kiln with a digital controller is preferred. 

Day two focuses on making patterned sheet metal, but first the billet is cleaned up and forged. Its handy to have a belt sander or angle grinder to remove uneven edges and after forging the billet by half, a rolling mill is used to get a uniform thickness.

Day three finishes with a ring project.  A washer is cut from the mokume gane sheet and turned into a seamless band ring using a nylon hammer and ring mandrel. The ring will be finished with a sterling silver liner with flared edges.

 

Techniques covered include:

  • • Diffusion bonding of copper and silver
  • • Programming a kiln for bonding
  • • Preparation of a billet for kiln firing
  • • Mokume Gane patterning
  • • Seamless washer ring fabrication
  • • Various metalsmithing techniques as applied to making mokume (including sawing, forging, and soldering)

 

This course is available as a live online class. Please check this page for times available.

 

A kit of materials is $160 payable directly to the instructor.
Online students will have kits mailed to them. The instructor will contact the students directly to arrange payment and shipment.

 

Tools Required for Online Students
This is a list of tools online students need to practice the techniques shown in class. (in-person students have tools to use at school)

A list of tools with links to recommended suppliers for the best prices will be sent to you after registration. If you have questions about the tool list, please contact us.

  • Paragon electric kiln with Sentry digital controller or similar kiln
  • Heat proof gloves
  • Rolling mill (with at least 2.5” flat rollers)
  • Soldering torch (hot enough to anneal a billet)
  • Anvil or flat forging surface
  • Forging hammer (1lb-2lb)
  • Forging tongs or channel lock pliers 
  • Flex-shaft or bench top drill press
  • Dapping block/punches
  • 6” vise-grip c-clamp locking pliers with swivel pads 
  • Ring mandrel
  • Nylon soft hammer, small
  • Jeweler’s saw
  • Saw blades (2/0, 1/0, 1, 3)
  • Mill bastard file
  • Half-round file
  • Jewelry tweezers
  • Solder pick
  • Circle template 
  • Ultra-fine point sharpie marker
  • Ruler or calipers with standard and metric measurements
  • Safety glasses
  • Ear protection
  • Particulate mask
  • Simple green biodegradable degreaser
  • 1 gallon distilled water
  • White out or yellow ochre
  • 1” masking tape
  • 2 medium plastic or glass containers (12oz)
  • 1 small plastic or glass container (8oz)
  • Bur-life
  • Medium silver solder
  • Paste flux

 

Read what students have to say about our online classes on the testimonials page.

 

Prerequisites:

Students should have completed 1 or 2 of our basic jewelry courses, like Basic Jewelry 1 & 2, or Basic Jewelry 1 and Jewelry 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6,  or have similar proficiency and recent practice in basic jewelry fabrication skills, including soldering, sawing, filing, polishiing, etc. 

Instructor:

Eric Burris (Guest)

If a class is online, or is a combination online and in-person session, all students receive a link to a recording of the class demonstrations. In-person only workshops are not recorded. For staff instructor classes, students have access to the recordings for one year. For guest instructors, access is 30 days. 

If a kit is included with the class, online students will have them mailed to them. Kits for in-person students are delivered at the beginning of the first class. More information about the kit is included with the supplies list which is emailed after registration.

International students may be charged an additional amount for shipping, because of the increased cost to ship abroad. Also, shipments to other countries may incur a tariff payable by the student. International students are welcome to contact us re: these costs and options for their materials. Please be sure that the address with your payment is the correct one for shipping.

If this class is offered online, it uses the Zoom app/website. Through Zoom, you’ll be able to see demos and follow instructions, ask questions and interact with your instructor. Zoom is easy to use and free for students to use for class, and works on most devices, like phones (iPhone, Android, etc), tablets (iPads, etc), and computers (Mac or PC).

Your instructor is also available during free Zoom office hours for questions and help.

Online students work at home or in their studio. All of our recommended tools and the kit materials are chosen to be home studio friendly. Links to preferred vendors are provided in the supplies list sent after registration.

For the health and safety our staff and students, students are required to show proof of vaccination and to wear masks when attending classes at our school. If you can’t meet these requirements, we invite you to take the online version of this class instead, if available. Please visit our COVID-19 Updates page for more information.

And now the fine print. Payment in full for class fees is due at the time of registration to reserve your place. We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, and PayPal. Checks and cash are accepted only if you register at school. If you mail a check, your registration is not processed until it clears and the class may fill during the wait. 

If the workshop is canceled by our school for any reason, all class fees will be refunded, or you can transfer to another class, or you can keep a credit on account with us for future classes or purchases, 

Students can cancel, receive a credit or refund, or transfer to another class up to 21 days before a workshop, whether it is online or in person. No cancellations are accepted after the 21-day deadline, however, we will do what we can to try and sell your place to a qualified student. If we can sell your place, you can receive a refund less a $50 cancellation fee, keep a credit on account with us, or apply your fees towards a transfer to another class. 

If you can’t make it to class, you may send a participant who has the necessary prerequisites in your place. Please call or email us immediately with any changes in the student participant information. If a class includes an online section, your class will be recorded and you can watch later to make up a class you miss. 

Students must be at least 15 years old to attend a class, and students under 18 must have a legal guardian sign our liability waiver form. We have had younger students attend classes, on a case by case basis. If you’re interested in enrolling your child, please call or email us. 

If you sign up for a class and fail to have the required prerequisites as listed in the class description, you are still subject to the 21-day cancellation policy, listed above.

Lodging and meals are not included for in person classes.

If you don't come to class, there are no refunds, credits or transfers.

Upcoming Schedule

No upcoming occurences at this time.