Making mokume gane sheet

That way you can make one without the soldering line. Though that way you'll lose more material from the stack and your soldering is almost invisible anyway. First time I've seen mokume used in stainless steel, it looks so cool I may have to try it sometime!

During the day the students will process with engravings and laminations silver-copper mokume gane blocks, technical data will be offered to them. The students can buy the sheet produced during the day. The price varies according to size, from € 20 to € 100 maximum. Mokume Gane Polymer Pendants I’d been busy over the Christmas hols playing with polymer clay. I made a few sheets of Mokume Gane, and got carried away with it, creating way too many. They don’t stay fresh forever unfortunately- I use Fimo classic, which is pretty resilient, and store my polymer sheets between layers of grease proof paper.

History - Mokume gane was developed by the Japanese in Feudal Japan. The man given credit for initially creating mokume gane is Denbei Shoami who lived from 1651 to 1728. Mokume gane translates from Japanese as “wood grain metal” and was named thus based on the obvious, how it looks. With the advent of digital temperature-controllers, it has become possible to make mokume gane in a different fashion. Digital temperature control allows a kiln to be set to an exact temperature and held at that point, plus or minus a couple of degrees. The Jellyroll Mokume Gane technique is an interesting twist that brings a whole new look to basic Mokume Gane. In this tutorial, instead of using the usual sheet layering, we'll use a Jellyroll as the base. As with any Mokume Gane project, you can put any texture you wish into the clay.

Making mokume-gane is a pretty complex process, and those of us who do it become immersed in the physical science of how metals behave (or don’t) when heated, punched, carved, cut, and handled in dozens of ways. In fact, I write scientific papers about making mokume-gane about once a year, and my ability to get too technical is pretty well known. In order to create mokume, I would start with alternating layers of nickel sheet and copper sheet. Sand the sheet clean with 120 grit or so and clean the surfaces with acetone to eliminate all traces of fingerprints. Stack your sheets up and then wrap them in a paper towel that has been soaked with kerosene or WD-40. Mokume Gane can be made by sweat soldering sheets of alternating metals, but this process can be frustrating, time consuming and yield very little workable material. Using traditional Japanese ideas with modern equipment can result in a much better outcome.