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Mokume Gane: Wood Grain Pattern in Metal

Instructor: Eric Burris
Eric Burris

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.
Participants will learn a low tech, but efficient method to making Mokume Gane using a refractory brick mini furnace and soldering torch to fire the billet. Students are provided a pre-made billet.Forging and patterning techniques will be demonstrated and participants will pattern their own piece. Eric will also demonstrate how to fabricate a seamless band ring with a sterling silver liner. There is a $100. materials fee that is paid to the instructor.

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