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Mokume-gane is a ancient technique created in Japan for laminating different metals together to create a wood-grain effect. It was first created as a way to compliment the patterns created by folding steel to make samuarai swords. Since it's introduction to the west, the beauty of mokume has been a great addition to jewelry.
Now, in the 21st century, Japanese creativity has melded traditonal mokume techniques with metal clay. In this workshop, you'll learn how to combine and form silver and copper clay together into distinctive custom patterns for unique designs. Methods taught include how to pattern the wet clay, shape the mixed wet clay into jewelry designs, work with the piece in its dry clay form to bring out the distinctive mixed metal pattern, 2 stage firing procedure, and after firing finishing techniques.
Two pieces will be made the first day and fired overnight. The second day will focus on finishing the fired pieces and creating additional new work to be fired after class. Arrangements will be made to pick up those pieces at a later time. This is a very new technique and can be challenging with results that are not always what is expected. Students must have prior metal clay experience and come to class ready for a new and exciting experience with Metal Clay.
A kit fee of $65 is due the first day of class and payable to the instructor. Use of tools included.
Class policies for refunds, transfers and cancelations.
Prior experience with the basics of metal clay fabrication required, like successful completion of Metal Clay 1 or Metal Clay 1: Charm Bracelet.
Location: Silvera Jewelry School, Berkeley, CA