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A 2-Day, Polymer Clay Workshop
LEVEL: ALL (Beginners should have experience with basic polymer clay techniques.)
Mokume Gane is a Japanese metalworking technique in which thin layers of variously colored metals are fused together, then distorted and ground down to reveal a beautiful pattern. We will mimic the metalworking technique by stacking thin layers of different colors of Premo mica-clay alternating with ordinary Premo clay to form a block (or billet) which we will “distort” with impression plates we will make ourselves. I will share the recipes for some of my favorite metallic/pearlescent jewel colors.
The block will be sliced with a special slicer to reveal the “jewels” below, producing gorgeous, paper-thin sheets of patterned clay. The results can evoke anything from patterned silk batik to fossil-filled agate.
These patterned sheets will be used to create a unique pendant which will be fired, then lightly sanded and hand buffed to accentuate the pattern. You will have the option of leaving the silky finish as it is, or machine-buffing your creation to a brilliant, glass-like shine. As a bonus, you will take home additional patterned sheets to experiment with on your own.
Most participants also complete a bracelet or brooch.
This workshop focuses primarily on techniques including:
- Texture plate construction
- How to mix jewel-like colors incorporating metallic/pearlescent (mica) clay
- How to sheet the clay, then stack and distort the billet for optimum results
- How to handle and store the sliced patterned sheets for future use
- How to cut and apply the sheets to a clay backing
- Sanding and hand buffing
- How to machine-buff the clay to a glass-like shine you won’t believe is possible
- How to construct a pendant as well as other pieces of jewelry
My workshops are intended to teach techniques, share information and promote understanding that will help students advance to a higher level of artistry in their polymer clay endeavors. Most students leave with one or more completed projects.