Focused on Mokume Gane
The name mokume gane originates from Japanese. In fact, it means “metal with a pattern of wood”, which this technique really reminds of. The real mokume gane is made by the layering of various non-ferrous metals, which are then pressed together. The resulting block of materials is then pulled, twisted and textured and ultimately resulting in a beautiful motif, in which individual contours of the metal are revealed. It is never possible to produce exactly the same pattern so each piece is unique. Mokume has been used in Japan since 17th century for a variety of purposes. For making jewellery, precious packaging, sabers, swords and knives. It was only in the 1970s when this technique arrived to the West. And then into the polymer world as well.
Threaded rod, needle, cutter, texture, or ripple blade. Basically, everything you find in your studio can be used to create a mokume gane pattern. The principle is the same as in goldsmiths, but there are much more possibilities. This is perhaps the reason why this technique has become so popular in the polymer community. Several artists have brought it to the perfection. Everyone, of course, with a different approach and own innovations.
Scottish artist Melanie Muir uses for her
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For those who are not sure about the cutting with a blade, it is possible to create a
1. Prepare a striped stack made of colourful sheets of clay. The individual sheets should be quite thin. Texture it and place it on the Angle Base, which simply snaps into LC Slicer.
2. Move the Angle Base to the blade and carefully start cutting the entire stack. Angle Base can be set at different angles and bevels.
3. Remove the cut sheets and continue cutting until the pattern disappears. Then use these beautiful sheets for your own creation.
The article was published in the Polymer Week magazine. Find out more about the magazine: CLICK HERE
Author: LUCY STRUNCOVA
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