Friday, June 06, 2008

Mokume Gane card

So I've been playing with polymer clay a bit lately.

I got some books out of the library. All of them mentioned or showed a technique called mokume gane. I could never explain it well so if you are interested please click HERE. The basic is you make thin layers of clay, stack them, make the whole thing thin, stamp into it, shave off the relief and this is what you are left with. It's smooth to the touch, but looks like so many layers. I did black and white but you can do any colors or lots of colors or even put metalics in it or anything really.
Here is a close up of the piece I did with the clay. I did go over it with a clear gloss stuff after.
Both stamps are by Cornish Heritage Farms. The clay is Sculpy III.
And for the record it took me FOREVER and I wasted a ton of clay. Finally when I got it though it was quick, so I could do more in a short time. I also made my piece super thin because it was going on a card. It's not even 1/4 of an inch, more like 1/8 or even less. So it's really light and all.
Please tell me what you think it was my first time and it's sorta advanced for a clay newbie don't you think?


Kim H. said...

WOWZERS this is gorgeous! I think it makes a great card!

Sharon in NE said...

I think it should be hanging in a frame. It is beautiful!

Kathi Rerek said...

That's totally gorgeous and one that I'd love to see in person to appreciate the texture.

Great work. You're a natural!

Heather Grow said...

Very cool. So, does that mean you need a superslicer? That looks like the hardest part of the process.

TJ said...

That is so awesome! It kind of looks like those old timey tin ceiling tiles. I love it!

Charlene Austin (Willow01) said...

Stunning. Great great job!

Cindy Lietz, Polymer Clay Tutor said...

You did a very nice job! Your color choices were excellent. Almost has the look of a vintage tin ceiling!

(After previewing my comment I saw someone else said this too... great minds think alike!)