Mokume Gane originated in Japan in the 17th century. It is a mixed-metal laminate with layered patterns. Traditionally, soft metallic elements and alloys were used to bond to one another without completely melting, but more modern techniques use non-traditional components, such as titanium, platinum, iron, bronze, etc.
When I started watching the tutorial, I really wasn’t sure what the final product was going to be. But, when the final necklace was revealed, I was shocked.
Now, I want to try it.
In the below video, you’ll see a similar layering and pattern-technique made from clay instead of metals. So, you won’t need your soldering gun, just your regular oven to bake the clay when you’re done.
- Choose two colors.
- Layer and flatten the two colors.
- Using a patterned stamp, press the stamp into the clay. Press deep.
- Hold the clay (flat side) to a rolling pin or some solid surface, and carefully scrape the raised pattern off the clay.
I think a metallic color and a base color would be a neat combination. In order to get the pattern to pop, choose colors that contrast.
The lavender and grey colors used in the video are beautiful together, but at a distance, the colors blend and you cannot see the pattern. In a way, this could reflect the original techniques where the metals are heated together, creating a blended pattern.