Polymer Clay Creations forum: Mokume Gane

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May 2, 2011 1:27 AM CST
Name: Chris
Wisconsin z4
I've been experimenting with the Mokume Gane technique. Mokume Gane (pronounced moe-koo-may-GAHN-ay) is a Japanese method of fusing together and manipulating metal to achieve a wood grain appearance. Polymer clay artists mimic this process by layering several different colors of clay sheets and thin metal leaf or foil. These layers are then manipulated or distorted and thin sheets are sliced from the stack to reveal the beautiful patterns.

By using different colors and materials you can get all kids of different looks. It does take quite a bit of time but it's fun to see what the end results are going to look like. Lots of people use this technique to make beads and jewelry.

Here are my first two attempts.
Thumb of 2011-05-02/goldfinch4/053614
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May 3, 2011 9:02 PM CST
Name: Ivy T
Manhattan, New York
Beautiful work.
Pause for Paws.
May 4, 2011 2:02 AM CST
Name: Chris
Wisconsin z4
Thank you!
May 22, 2011 4:01 AM CST
Name: Chris
Wisconsin z4
On this one I highlighted some areas with glitter. The glitter was put on one piece at a time with a toothpick!

Thumb of 2011-05-22/goldfinch4/9d91e3

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Jun 2, 2011 4:42 PM CST
Name: Linda Cartwright
Del Rio, Texas
Love the vase! Beautiful work!
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Jun 3, 2011 1:01 AM CST
Name: Chris
Wisconsin z4
Thanks! It really sparkles nice in the sun!

Now that gardening season is here it's cutting into my clay time! Hilarious!

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