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Mokume gane is a Japanese technique to laminate different metals together to create beautiful patterns reminiscent of wood-grain. It can be used to fabricate rings, pendants and more to enhance your designs. Mokume can be made of alternating layers of silver, sterling, copper, different karats and colors of gold and more. The patterns of contrasting metals possible with this technique are amazing!
Eric Burris, a nationally recognized teacher from Maryland, will guide students through this thorough 3 day workshop in how to make mokume in a small studio with low tech, low cost, and efficient methods. Eric will demonstrate how to make a refractory kiln brick furnace with soldering torches for the heat source. Students will make a 16 layer billet using copper and sterling silver. The metals will be diffusion bonded - no solder! Then he well demonstrate how to make a seamless, forged ring band. The left over material can be made into patterned mokume sheet for more projects! This class also includes demonstrations of how to use a rolling mill and a hydraulic press.
Why take this workshop?
Mokume is a popular technique that has been around for hundreds of years, but only a few western jewelers have mastered it. Jewelers in the west have adopted this technique and adapted it to the kinds of tools and techniques we have available here. Mokume is not an easy process to learn on your own, and recognizing the stages of diffusion bonding takes lots of trial and error. Some sources on the technique require heavy duty equipment that would be more at home in a blacksmith’s studio, or high tech machinery that would be too expensive. Eric has perfected a method for successfully making mokume in a small studio. The opportunity to work side-by-side with a master is a great way to learn how to make quality mokume the right way, the first time. Eric helps each student with all of the critical stages of fabricating the billet, creating pattern and making jewelry using mokume. We’re excited to bring Eric back again from the east coast for this workshop.
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• Diffusion bonding of copper and silver
• Refractory kiln brick furnace fabrication
• Seamless washer ring fabrication
• Mokume Gane patterning
• Various metalsmithing techniques as applied to making mokume (including sawing, forging, and soldering)
Materials Fee: $40 due to instructor first day of class.
Kit of materials and use of tools included. Each student has their own jewelry bench full of tools to use during the workshop. This is a small class with a maximum of 9 participants to maximize your time with the instructor. The materials fee is for supplies prepared by the instructor for each student.
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.
Location: Silvera Jewelry School, Berkeley, CA