Fuse, Forge, and Roll: Creating a Mokume Gane Billet with Anne Wolf

Anne Wolf | Pueblo, CO


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625 S Union Ave
Pueblo CO 81004
United States

In-person workshop at Colorado Center for Metal Arts, Pueblo, CO
Taught by Anne Wolf
May 12-14, 2023

Mokume Gane is an ancient Japanese metalworking technique in which layers of non- ferrous metals are fused together using time, heat, and pressure (no solder). All aspects of fusing will be covered, from billet design, proper cleaning and prep, to what temperatures and soak times to use for what metals, etc. We’ll be using the more precise solid-state diffusion bonding method, but alternative methods will be discussed. Proper forging techniques, both by hand and hydraulic press, will be shown. Finally we’ll roll the billets down to sheet and/or rod, so your material will be ready to pattern. As time allows we will discuss aspects of patterning and patination, but the main focus here is fusing and working the billet into usable material. Best for intermediate-advanced jewelry students.

Instructor Bio: Anne Wolf earned her MFA in Jewelry/Metals at San Diego State University in 1999. Based in San Diego, California, Wolf has been teaching online and in-person jewelry/metals courses and workshops since 2003. Her mokume gane metalwork has been shown across the U.S. and in international locations such as Hanau, Germany and Tsubame, Japan. Wolf has studied under Japanese metalwork masters such as Ford Hallam, Hiroko Sato-Pijanowski, and James Binnion. 

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