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Small Scale Mokume-Gane
Mokume-Gane is a traditional Japanese technique in which two or more different metals are meticulously cleaned, alternately stacked, compressed, and heated to a high temperature. The result is the fusing of all layers into a solid billet.
The workshop will begin with a demonstration of Eric’s simplified low tech method of making mokume-gane. He uses a refractory brick mini furnace and soldering torch to fire the billet. Students will not make their own billets in this workshop but will work with a purchased billet. Next, Eric will show the process of forging, rolling, and patterning the billet into a 3”x3”, 18 gauge, piece of mokume-gane sheet. Each participant will produce their own piece of sheet. Eric will demonstrate how to create a seamless washer formed ring with an inside sterling silver liner. Students will make their own ring and if time allows, a pair of earrings from their patterned sheet.
BIO: Eric Burris has been making mokume-gane for nearly 15 years, and for half that time, he has been teaching workshops on the technique. He started working with mokume-gane at graduate school at ASU. It was an easy follow on to the forging he learned as an undergraduate at KSU. After grad school and the transitioning to a smaller studio, Eric developed a low tech process with affordable equipment to make high quality mokume-gane. It is this method he employs to produce the mokume-gane used in his jewelry today.
SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate and above.
WORKSHOP FEES: $345 ADC member/$360 non member.
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