2022 Mokume Gane Workshop Schedule
April 29-May 1 (Online) Kiln Fired Mokume Gane hosted by Silver Jewelry School
June 10-12 (In-person) Torch Fired Mokume Gane at Flux Metal Arts
July 8-10 (In-person) Torch Fired Mokume Gane at Denver Jewelry Studio
July 11-12 (In-person) Mokume Gane Patterning at Denver Jewelry Studio
*more information at www.mokumeganeworkshops.com*
Mokume Gane, or wood grain metal, is a traditional Japanese technique in which two or more different metals are meticulously cleaned, alternately stacked, compressed and heated to a high temperature. The result is the fusing of all layers into a solid block or billet. The billet can be made into sheet metal with a variety of patterns by repeatedly carving through layers and reducing the thickness. Ring stock can be made by twisting a thick piece to re-orient the layers and removing material to reveal a hidden pattern.
Combining Japanese tradition and western technology, Eric guides participants through the traditional fusion-bonded Mokume Gane process. Participants will learn a low tech, low cost, but efficient method to making Mokume Gane-using a refractory brick mini furnace and soldering torch to fire the billet. Participants will start by making their own billet and finish with a seamless forged band ring. In between are several technical demonstrations, so beginning metals & jewelry skills are needed to be successful in this workshop.