MASTER CLASS: Mokume Gane (2020)

Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th June 2020

9.30am – 3.00pm

£190.00 plus materials

Course aims:

Mokume Gane is a Japanese metalworking procedure which produces a mixed-metal laminate with distinctive layered patterns. Mokume Gane translates from Japanese closely to “wood grain metal”, describing the way the metal takes on the appearance of natural wood grain.

On this course, students will learn how to create a billet of Mokume Gane, how to forge the billet into a ring, and how to apply a patina to accentuate the colours of the metal’s surface.

Learning outcomes:

Day 1

  • 9:30am: Begin with a demo of fusing a billet and grinding the billet- in order to give the students an idea of what they will be doing
  • 10:00am: Cleaning the metal and stacking. Students clean the surface of metal, prep and stack the layers with flux in between
  • 11:00am: Binding. Students wrap the the billet in binding wire several times
  • 11:30am: Fusing. One at a time, students heat the billet to fuse the layers
  • 12:30pm: Lunch
  • 1:30pm: Grinding and chiselling. Parts of the billet will be ground or cut away to expose layers underneath
  • 3:00pm: End Day 1

Day 2

  • 9:30am: Hammering, and milling billets flat, annealing often
  • 11:00am: Form the billet into a wire, in order to form a ring or other item
  • 12:15pm: Demo patina
  • 12:30pm: Lunch
  • 1:15pm: Solder, file and buff items
  • 2:30pm: Patina finished items and polish
  • 3:00pm: End

Your tutor:
Jonas Mace is our full time goldsmith at Rachel Jeffrey jewellery. He makes from our workshop, over looking the River Lea in the heart of Wheathampstead. He was awarded BFA from East Carolina university in the USA, and MA from The Cass in London.

Apart from a traditional practice, Jonas also engages in contemporary jewellery and his work in this field focuses on exploration of unusual materials and found objects. Jonas has exhibited work in USA, Australia, UK, and Germany.

Max of nine places available. Two day course, full attendance is required, places non-transferable. Full payment required to secure a place. A minimum of six participants are required for the course to run. Please note the cost of the course is not refundable. Once payment is received we will send an email confirming your place on the course – just let us know if you would like a place by calling 01582 833800.

Participants will need to bring their own silver or purchase the necessary quantity from us.

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