Harmony of nature in an ancient metalworking technique
Updated: Apr 3, 2020
Mokume-Gane translates to Wood Eye metal. It is an old Japanese technique of combining different metal sheets which can then be used for any object of art. In a controlled heat and pressure environment different metal sheets fuse together but do not completely melt. The result is a block of metal that appears to have stripes. It is then hand cut to produce desired patterns, although nowadays, computer software is often used to guide the curve of the desired patterns. After the patterns have been cut, the metal block is hammered, forged and rolled to reduce its thickness. Finally, the most fun part ... it is shaped to object of art!
These handmade earrings and pendant feature an Argentium Silver, Copper and Shibuichi metal combination, with a wood grain pattern.
Jikai made(Till next time) !