Mokume Gane Workshop at Genevieve Flynn Studio

ABOVE LEFT TO RIGHT/  Deb Weld, Jennifer Finley, Julie Van Hoecke, Whitney Wilson, Eric Burris, Danae Natsis

at Genevieve Flynn Studio Kansas City, MO, May, 2012

  On May 11, Genevieve Flynn Studio hosted instructor Eric Burris who taught the process of making a billet of mokume gane. 

  This was Eric's second time coming into the intimate setting of the studio to teach the arduous process of making the beautiful material that many of us take for granted.  I would like to be the first to say that I no longer take this intriguing metal process for granted as I participated in the class.  I am overwhelmed at the amount of time this process takes. 

  Eric spent his first day in the studio demonstrating and speaking about how clean the material must be in order to fuse, how to make a small kiln from fire brick, firing the billet, forging the hot billet when pulled from the kiln and then using the rolling mill to get the thickness we wanted to begin using the billet for a piece of jewelry!  Whew! 

REMOVING BILLET AFTER BEING FIRED  

 

         IMAGE ON THE RIGHT/BILLET WITH SECTION CUT FOR

         RING BLANK

The second day students began the process of making their own billet.  (If students did not finish their ring, of which I am going to describe next, they proceeded into the third and final day of the workshop.)

Every student was successful with their firing and so ensued the next physical step.  I am going to step out on a limb here and say that most women never get the chance, or possibly want the chance, to actually forge a hot piece of metal.  I, perhaps, am one of the exceptions in this tale, but I have a better understanding of the hot forging process!  It was exhilarating to remove the hot billet on to the top of the anvil and proceed to condense the billet into a thinner, more manageable piece.  Once forged to the thickness and width needed we put the piece through the rolling mill to conserve our tired muscles and take it a bit thinner as we were going to use this billet to make ring stock.  A 1/4" wide piece of the billet was cut off (image above right) and then heated and twisted to create a star/twist pattern. 

(IMAGE LEFT/TWISTING THE 1/4" STRIP OF MOKUME)

This was done several times to tighten the pattern.  When this was to our liking we then rolled it through the mill in the square wire section to .....what else? square it up!   ( As you can see in the image below right.)

Calculations were made on size of rings to be created for each student and then the process of measuring and cutting a most perfect line down the center was done.  The piece was split in the middle leaving a section at each end without being cut through.  This allows for one to make a seamless band. 

 LEFT IMAGE/Split stock heated to anneal

RIGHT IMAGE/Rounding the annealed stock

When opened up and rounded out on the ring mandrel a silver liner was made to slide into the ring.  I used Argentium, of which I fused the liner and then friction fit the liner into the mokume piece.  I flared the edges with a dapping punch and voila!  I had a beautiful silver liner inside the seamless mokume ring.  The top of the mokume is filed down and then polished if you want a high finish.  A beautiful satin finish really compliments the mokume pattern.  As soon as I have my ring done I will post images!

IMAGES LEFT/ Some images of the square mokume and split mokume stock

                                             IMAGE BELOW  

                                       Danae Natsis hard at work!

Views: 581

Tags: burris, eric, flynn, forging, gane, genevieve, jewelry, mokuume, workshops.

Comment

You need to be a member of crafthaus to add comments!

Join crafthaus

Comment by Genevieve E. Flynn on May 21, 2012 at 9:13am

I revamped my blog post about Mokume and have added some photos.  I must have been too tired to THINK last night!!!  I hope those of you that view my blog will enjoy the information!!!

Genevieve

SNAG / CH Scholarship 2015

Created by

Kelly M Nye

Makers, Metalsmiths, and other Monikers.

What do you call yourself? Where do you belong in the Polarized Convocation of Jewelers?

This blog is a research-based discussion of personal inclusions in the Jewelry/Metals field and the titles and boundaries that define us as artists.

How do you define yourself and your practice?

JOIN the discussions.

Latest Activity

Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
"Bishopsland Educational Trust  Up Coming Events: Bishopsland at Jacobs Jewellers2nd to 22nd June 2015Jacobs Jewellers, 25 King Street, Reading, RG1 2HE Henley Festival8th to 12th July 2015Henley-on-Thames, Oxon, RG9 1AH Art…"
yesterday
Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
"Build Your Own: Tools for…"
yesterday
Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
"Hothouse from the Crafts Councilhttp://us7.campaign-archive1.com/?u=a47fc1f38d7b79f55813e2e48&id=d1c97c23cd&e=247ffc61e9The Crafts Council runs a national programme of creative business support for craft makers within three years of setting…"
yesterday
Rene Lee Henry posted photos
Thursday
Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
"OPEN CALL DESIGNERS IN RESIDENCE KORTRIJK 2015Deadline Deadline: 02 juni 2015Designregio Kortrijk invites recent design graduates from the various creative disciplines to apply for its Designers in Residence Kortrijk programme 2015. During a working…"
Thursday
Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
"Hothouse from the Crafts Council The Crafts Council runs a national programme of creative business support for craft makers within three years of setting up their practice.Hothouse has successfully supported 163 makers over the last five years with…"
Wednesday
Jennifer Merchant liked Kelly M Nye's discussion How Do You SAY?
Wednesday
Melissa Cameron posted a blog post

#SnagBoston

Image courtesy PlatformaGoing to be in Boston for the SNAG conference this week? Come say hi! Not going to be there? Follow along with the shenanigans on Instagram or Twitter by following @thejewellist (t) or @thejewellist (i).Don't know/care what I'm talking about with…See More
Tuesday
Kelly M Nye added a discussion to the group inclusions
Thumbnail

How Do You SAY?

Schmuck and other European termsschmuck[shmuhk]noun,(English slang) an obnoxious or contemptible person(Yiddish derivative of schmock): penis(German): jewel, adornment“You cannot force linguistic usage: the acceptance of a word depends on many factors.”- Liesbeth den BestenI have always been fascinated with etymology and I thought it is a perfect time to dive into alternate terminology. With Dutch artist, Ruudt Peters delivering the keynote speech on Wednesday at SNAG Boston, I am excited to…See More
Monday
Alena Stukavcova Dolezalova liked Rachelauren Somers's photo
Monday
The Justified Sinner posted a blog post

Rabbits, Glass Sheep, Ada Lovelace and Virginia Woolf in Hindi

The main event this week has been completing my watch and chain for the ACJ exhibition "Sleight of Hand". The last element to be completed was the fitting of a glass to the 1838 silver watch-case which was the catalyst for the whole piece and I found an incredible place in Kent where, for a very modest fee, a traditional thick, bevelled mineral-glass was cut to fit, polished and fitted. (Anyone else requiring this service should contact "Crystalfit":…See More
May 17
Angela Gerhard liked Courtney Denise Lipson's photo
May 17

© 2015   Created by Brigitte Martin.

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service