Monday, August 15, 2011

Polymer Clay Mokume Gane, Yet Another Attempt

Once again, I'm attempting Mokume Gane with polymer clay.  Mokume Gane is actually a Japanese metal working technique that emulates wood grain.

I was going to use Christmas colors, but I couldn't get my head around that.  So I started with some autumn colors instead.
I'm using premo for this attempt and it is pretty mushy.  I want to try Kato poly clay next to see how it compares for this technique. It's a much firmer clay and a bear to condition.

I created a stack by layering sheets of the autumn colors.  I rolled the stack, cut it in half, stacked and rolled again.  And did that a few times.  I then squared (more or less) the stack.

I love using the trimmings for beads!  Typically when I try this technique, I end up with great beads.  The pendants, not so good. . .

Okay so some of those beads aren't perfectly shaped. These things happen.

Here I've taken slices from the stack and am working on a mokume gane sheet.  I'm hoping to use the sheet to make some nice shiny cabochons and pendants.