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Mixed Metals: Mokume-gane with Metal Clay Silver and Copper
November 7 @ 10:00 am - November 8 @ 5:00 pm
Mokume-gane is a old metalworking procedure used first by the Japanese which creates a mixed-metal seal of distinctive layered metal patterns. The Japanese then used the decorative metal to fabricate swords, jewelry and other ornamental objects.
Continuing their innovative practices, the Japanese recently developed mokume-gane techniques using Metal Clay. The process combines and then forms patterned Silver and Copper clays into distinctive jewelry. In this class students will learn different ways to pattern the wet clay, shape the mixed wet clay into jewelry designs, work with the piece in its dry clay form to bring out the distinctive mixed metal pattern, 2 stage firing procedure, and after firing finishing techniques.
Two pieces will be made the first day and fired overnight. The second day will focus on finishing the fired pieces and creating additional new work to be fired after class. Arrangements will be made to pick up those pieces at a later time.
This is a very new technique and can be challenging with results that are not always what is expected. Students must have prior metal clay experience and come to class ready for a new and exciting experience with Metal Clay.