Mokume Gane is the traditional art of mixing copper, brass and silver together in a 'marbling' technique. It is incredibly steeped in history here in Indonesia, as it was used in the process to make the sword blades of Kris daggers, used in very important ceremonies, in Java and other islands around Indonesia. Originating from Japan, the word means "wood grain metal" due to the effect the 3 metals give when molded together...and was used in a variety of artefacts including Samurai swords and jewellery.
The marbling or combining the metals, was used to make the blade stronger (a combination of the 3 metals hardens the overall outcome) and then in some cases, a priest would then bless it to strengthen it even more or add magic to it. The effect of the combining of metals was very subdued in terms of design, faint watermark type waves of three metals, creating a warmness to the blade.
Today the art is almost lost, but we aim to bring it back in a modern way! The beauty of this fascinating technique, is that really you never know what shapes you will get. You can try and control it, but the 3 metals have a life of their own. There are many ways to add in design specks here and there, using tiny silver balls that will be flattened in the rolling mill process, but the overall marbling is a complete and wonderful surprise. With this history and with modern techniques, we bring you one of our favourite classes!
What you will learn on the day:
1 - The basics of silver-smithing - which include understanding the properties of the metals you are using - we will demonstrate and you will follow
2 - Demo on how to layer three metals and solder and laminate through the rolling mill. We have created some already for you for this class to use in your piece, but you get to have a go yourself if you would like to get involved (the process is quite lengthy to make the raw, but we aim to give you as much hands on as possible - so jump in!)
3 - Now you have your ready made Mokum Gane base, how to shape, file, solder and anneal, saw, cut, however you want, to make the shape you need for your design, whether it be a ring, a pendant or a bracelet.
4 - Polishing and finishing your piece
If you wish to add a gemstone to your piece that is possible. Choose from range of stones that already have had the bezel setting/or claw setting in Mokum Gane made for you (or if you just want to make the band of the ring in the marbling effect, add a plain sterling silver and gemstone setting to it) Anything is possible.
NOTE: Additional setting part added to your workshop & stone of your choice: 250,000rp cash in local currency on the day
Join us for this fun class. The outcomes are exquisite!
CLASS DETAILS: 10am - 1pm OR 2pm to 5pm with coffee tea and coconut pancakes