Central Mississippi Polymer Clay Guild hosts
presenting her Mokume Gane Workshop
March 9-10, 2013
Southern Cultural Center
Mokume Gane is a Japanese metalworking technique in which thin layers of variously colored metals are fused together, then distorted and ground down to reveal a beautiful pattern. We will mimic this metalworking technique by stacking thin layers of “metallic” Premo clays alternating with non-metallic clay to form a block (or billet) which we will “distort” with impression tools we will make ourselves. Carol will share the recipes for some of her favorite metallic/pearlescent colors and demonstrate a variety of home-made tools.
The block will be sliced with a special slicer to produce gorgeous, paper-thin sheets of patterned clay. Depending upon the tools made and the manner in which they are used, the results can evoke anything from patterned silk batik to fossil-filled agate which will be used to create a unique pendant, then lightly sanded and hand buffed to accentuate the pattern. You will have the option leaving the finish as it is, or machine-buffing your creation to a brilliant, glass-like shine. You will take home additional patterned sheets to experiment with on your own.
This workshop focuses on techniques including:
- Tool construction
- Mixing colors incorporating metallic/pearlescent clay
- How to sheet the clay, then stack and distort the billet for optimum results
- How to handle and store the sliced patterned sheets for future use
- Ways to cut and apply the sheets a clay backing
- Sanding and hand buffing
- How to machine-buff the clay to a glass-like shine you won’t believe is possible
- Pendant construction.
2 bars of Black Premo - leached ahead of time if necessary
2 bars of Pearl Premo - also leached ahead of time if necessary
Please CONDITION and sheet your black and pearl clay before the workshop. We will have very limited use of motors during the workshop itself.
All other clay for this workshop is being donated by Polyform! Thanks to Carol Simmons for her efforts in making this happen.
Also thanks to Joyce King for locating and preparing the 1/2 inch acrylic rods for each of our participants.
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