One of the many techniques I've learned is "Mokume Gane". Mokume-gane (木目金) is a mixed-metal laminate with distinctive layered patterns. Translating as BURL metal, the name was borrowed from one type of pattern created in the forging of swords and other edged weapons.
This Japanese art form has been translated into clay and it works beautifully. I have to say that this is my favorite technique because you never really know exactly how it will turn out.
I love the surprise and the "one of a kind-ness" of it all.
I am going to share this, my first ever tutorial so that others may find some enjoyment from their creativity. Good Luck!
|Premo Clay makes great Mokume Gane Choose at least 3 colors for the best effects.|
For this project I used 1/2 block silver
1/2 block cobalt, 1/3 block Navy, 1/3 block pearl and 1/4 block denim
|Porcelain figurines make a great base platform for polymer clay|
|Condition the clay completely till it is pliable and soft. Run sheets through the pasta machine on the thickest setting and cut sheets into fairly uniform 2 in x 2in squares.|
|See the pasta machine at right|
|Begin stacking the clay in layers, I choose one corner to align all the squares ( see left side) Gently press out any air bubbles between layers ( some are visible on the top & need to be removed)|
|When finished stacking, trim off ragged edges with a tissue blade or polymer knife ( save the scraps)|
|Choose a variety of tools for different effects, for example, nails, wine bottle cork, bone folder, fondue fork, wavy clay blade, pottery tool~ really anything!|
|Let's poke some holes!|
|Flip it over and poke some on the bottom too|
|Begin to reform the block by firmly pressing on all sides of the cube until it becomes a compact cube|
|This time use the bone folder to add deep gouges to the cube|
|Gouge in both directions|
|Flip it over and gouge the bottom too|
|Form it back into a cube, then use the fondue fork to pierce both sides, reform into a cube|
|Use the pottery tool to cut down into the clay, on both sides and always reform it back into a cube after you are done|
|Poke a generous amount of holes on both top and bottom using a needle tool|
|Reform one last time into a nice compact cube. This ended up being appx. 2 in x1.5in|
|Place your cube on a ceramic tile and freeze for about an hour|
|Once all the clay is sliced you can begin to carefully piece the surface together|
|Gently but firmly press the slices together to cover the surface completely. Make sure to eliminate all air bubbles I use a test tube as a tiny rolling pin to smooth as much as possible|
|cover all surfaces~ front, back & sides|
|completely covered, carefully smoothed and ready to bake|
|Bake at 275 for 15-30 minutes ( or the time & temp recommended for your brand of clay)|
|This color series is called "Santa Maria"|