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Mokume Gane Peacock Utensils

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Turn basic silverware into something stunning and brilliant with this Mokume Gane Peacock Utensils tutorial.  This Japanese-style print combines like colors into a beautiful marbled design that is sure to add sophistication and style to any table.  This is a great way to take thrift store silverware and turn it into something any artistic designer would be proud to show off.  These Mokume Gane Peacock Utensils may look challenging to make, but it's actually quite simple to get this design.

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Mokume Gane Peacock Utensils

Materials:

  • 1 block Premo! Accents: Translucent - 2 oz
  • 1 block Premo! Accents: Purple Pearl - 2 oz
  • 1 block Premo! Accents: Gold - 2 oz
  • 1 block Premo! Accents: Peacock Pearl - 2 oz
  • 1 block Premo! Sculpey®: White - 2 oz
  • 1 block Premo! Sculpey®: Black - 2 oz
  • Clay Conditioning Machine
  • Clay Extruder
  • Sculpey® Super Slicer
  • Sculpey® Bake & Bond
  • Silverware Serving Pieces
  • Wet/dry sandpaper 400, 600 and 800 grit
  • Buffing Wheel or soft cloth

 

Instructions:
Do not use unbaked clay on unprotected furniture or finished surfaces. Start with clean hands and work surface area. Good work surfaces include wax paper, metal baking sheet, or disposable foil. Knead clay until soft and smooth. For best results, clean your hands in between colors. Shape clay, pressing pieces together firmly. Bake on oven-proof glass or metal surface at 275°F (130°C) for 30 minutes per ¼" (6 mm) thickness. For best baking results, use an oven thermometer. DO NOT USE MICROWAVE OVEN. DO NOT EXCEED THE ABOVE TEMPERATURE OR RECOMMENDED BAKING TIME. Wash hands after use. Baking should be completed by an adult.

  1. Begin by preheating oven to 275°F (130 °C). Test temperature with oven thermometer for perfectly cured clay. For best results, condition all clay by running it through the Clay Conditioning Machine several passes on the widest setting. Fold the clay in half after each pass and insert the fold side into the rollers first.

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  2. Tint Translucent clay with 3 different colors. Tint one ounce of Translucent with a 1/4" ball of Purple, another one ounce of translucent with 1/4" ball of Gold, and one ounce of Translucent with 1/4" ball of Peacock Pearl. Roll out each color out on a medium setting of the Clay Conditioning Machine. Roll two more sheets of Translucent on a thin setting of the Clay Conditioning Machine. Cover each thin sheet with a layer of imitation Gold leaf.

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  3. Use these 5 sheets of Translucent clay to make a mokume gane stack. Stack: Tinted Translucent, Gold leaf covered Translucent, Tinted Translucent, Gold leaf covered Translucent, ending with the last tinted Translucent sheet.

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  4. Roll this Translucent clay stack through the Clay Conditioning Machine on the thickest setting. Cut into 3 sections.

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  5. Stack these 3 sections into a new stack.

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  6. Roll Black clay out on medium setting on the Clay Conditioning Machine. Roll out White clay on a medium setting. Stack the Black on top of the White and roll out on the thickest setting of the Clay Conditioning Machine.

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  7. Place your Black/White sheet combination on top of the Translucent stack, ending with Black on top.

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  8. Impress the complete mokume gane stack with a credit/gift card, dragging the Black clay down to the bottom of the stack. Compress the mokume gane stack back together. Let the distressed mokume gane stack rest.

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  9. Turn the mokume gane stack upside down placing the Black clay on the bottom. Using the Super Slicer blade, carefully cut across the mokume gane stack parallel with the table.

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  10. Place translucent pieces on a sheet of White clay rolled out on a medium to thin setting, covering the white sheet completely. Burnish.

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  11. Roll through the Clay Conditioning Machine first at a thick setting and moving down in thickness until you reach your desired thickness. This sheet will be your veneer.

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  12. Cover the handles of your silverware with White clay rolled out on a medium setting. Bake as directed above for 10 minutes. Cool.

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  13. Apply a thin layer of Bake & Bond or Sculpey Translucent Liquid clay to the clay covered silverware handle. Cover the White sheet with your veneer, carefully mend seams.

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  14. Extrude or roll a 1/4" diameter rope from Black clay. Wrap around top edge of silverware, mending the seam where it meets.

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  15. Bake as directed above. Immediately after removing the silverware from the oven, plunge into a bowl of ice water. Wet sand the silverware handle with 400 grit wet dry sandpaper. Progress to 600 grit sandpaper, finish with 800 grit sandpaper. Buff lightly on a polishing wheel to a high shine.

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I'm thinking this would be fun for children's utensils.

This looks like an awesome project and a lovely gift to make someone.

This kit would make a great Christmas gift for my daughter. I crochet, but she does other crafty stuff.

These are so beautiful! I love Premo Clay - it is so versatile...

so pretty and looks so easy

Stick a fork in me, I'm done. Personalized silverware is awesome!

Wow, so pretty!

this is so cool

What a neat way to refurbish silverware and a get idea for next Christmas.

This is awesome!

This is awesome!

this looks stunning

looks very interesting

very cool great way to refurbish old silver ware to make it your own

great idea

This is awesome way to customize your own silverware!

What a neat way to up cycle!

I love the out come of this project make a hole set would be nice to make for my daughter and family

What a cool way to recycle and repurpose utensils!

Very cool

That is so cool!

wow, that really looks like fun to try !!!

What an interesting idea ... and easy to figure out too! Thanks for the tutorial.

Would love to try this!

What a wonderful way to transform your utensils from blah to beautiful!!!

Looks like somethg fun to try

that's pretty cool! I'm guessing this is the same method for those lovely clay-handled crochet hooks I see all over Etsy!

This is such a neat project and will produce a one of a kind set of utensils.

Had a bunch of mismatched "silverware" and now they are one of a kind wonderful.

Very cool!! I'd love to try this!!

Neat for our 4-H kids!

Never done this before but would like to give it a try.

That's so pretty. My daughter is just starting to learn how to use polymer clay. She will love this project.

Great way to turn plain utensils into cute and pretty ones

these are really cute!

This is gorgeous. I think it would make a beautiful clay box too. Who thinks of these things? Makes me jealous that people have such imaginations. Love it. Thanks for sharing. Cindy

I have never worked with clay like this. This project opens up a new world of crafting to me. Thanks!

This looks like a great idea for gifting.

Wow, so pretty! I didn't know you could do that with clay!

These are very pretty and could really set off a special place setting. I was thinking the special Birthday setting with plate, glass, cup, bowl, saucer and silverware.

I love this idea.

I would love to use Polymer clay for projects this one looks exciting, very pretty

I love the use of imitation gold leaf in this project! I kind of think it looks more like a granite than mokume gane, though.

This looks like a great idea to make.

Looks interesting, I am new to clay.

Very nice project!

So pretty

Those are so pretty! I can't wait to try this!

Pretty!

This would be a great addition to child's first set of big kid utensils. The handles would be much easier for them to grip. I can't wait to try this out.

This project reminds me of the silverware that was around when I was a kid. What is old is new again. I love crafts of all kinds so this would be fun to make.

Love it.

Ooohhh, I would love to do that. I just moved and have only 3 each of utensils.

That looks so cool!

super cool!

Great idea!

interesting

Very interesting! I'd never heard of this. Hopefully I will get a chance to try it out soon.

How pretty! I've been wanting to try this technique.

What a fun project!

I have not used them on silverware but I always use clay on my crochet hooks and use clay to make stitch markers!! We love clay in this house!

awesome... so many ideas

Cooollll and interesting...

This is so cool

Very cool! I want to do this to my crotchet needles!

I'll be sharing this with my granddaughter this weekend, and I know she'll immediately want to make some just in time for the holidays!

I would love to do this with my crochet hooks

I would be interested in trying this, but I don't know how well it would work with metal handled utensils. I would like to give it a try. If it worked, it would make my mismatched utensils look alike for a change, lol.

Just started with clay this past summer. Ive done my crochet hooks already but would definitely do my silverware! Love the idea above to do a Christmas set of silverware,too!

Wow. Those come out really pretty.

I would love to try this on my crotchet needles!

Very pretty. Is it durable?

These look real nice

This sounds like a wonderful way to make beautiful Christmas serving spoons and cake servers - would make a great hostess gift also.

I really like this idea. I have some flat ware that my husband thinks is just sooo wonderful...not. :) I could use this to spruce it up. Thanks

These utensils are fantastic. What a great gift idea these would make!

this is such a wonderful way to take something cheap and make a meaningful and personalized gift

Awesome idea and great fora gift.

I want to try this with crochet hooks!

Thank you for the great idea for crochet hooks. My daughter has problems holding the smaller hooks but she loves to crochet, this might be the answer to her problem.

This is a FANTASTIC idea! I would have never thought about this... I just may have to try it on my old flatware.

sounds really cool...not hard at all and looks fabulous...so many colour possibilities :)

What a cool idea!

Very cool!!!_

Wow! These are beautiful.

Wow, didn't know you could do this! Interests me.

Looks like a lot of fun to make! wish I had the tools to do it.

Wow!! This is definitely a project going to try!

What a cool idea to personalize utensils!

What a fun way to jazz up thrift shop finds.

These are beautiful! I've used clay on my crochet hooks and love them!

Awesome,

Looks like a lot of detail making a real creative project.

How cool is this

Someone commented that they'd love to do this with her crochet hooks.. what an excellent idea! It also looks good to finally make my mismatched silverware into a matching set! lol

Very pretty !

Seems complicated

I would love to do this to my crochet hooks

Looks like a lot of fun and fairly easy to do. Will definitely have to try this!

Wow beautiful!

beautiful and theraputic - wonder if i can do this post hand surgury

Looks nice but can't say I would ever do this one.

Another new craft to try.

I haven't made this yet. But I'd love to learn. It really looks great for gifts.

never thought of doing this

Wow, I didn't even know you could do things like that! Love it!

I love the result you get from stacking the clay and foil and then cutting it. I would love to try this!

This is so cool, have this on my to do list!!

This looks awesome!

Would love to give this a try!!! Maybe I'll get the chance, just maybe....

WOW! who knew you could create something so chic like that! Thats totally cool right there ;)

So pretty! I've used Primo Sculpey for other projects; would love to try this technique

Great idea.

I never thought to do this, but am really considering it for all sorts of items.

I wonder how they would hold up under daily use?

Hand washing is recommended. An occasional mistake of putting them in the dish washer may be okay, but will dull the surface and would require buffing the surface again.

I would love to do this on my knitting needles and my favoriye set of crochet hooks i think it is very pretty.

Looks like this would take a lot of patience.

Wow this is beautiful and your tutorial very educational. I have never worked with clay, but would love to try this.

Wow! Never tried this before!

This is a great looking project. Definitely inspiring.

Cool idea.

So unique! I love the detailed explanations and photos. I'm Inspired to create!

Incredible I never knew that we could make such great crafts with clay!

That is absolutely lovely. I would love to get into clay work. It looks very hard but look at the creativity you can put into it. My light bulb is blinking.

Wow....super cool!

Love this idea... I've got to try this soon.

What a beautiful way to upgrade inexpensive flatware! I have not tried working with clay yet but this could inspire me to try.

What a absolutely cool way to dress up flatware!

Cute handles!

This is so cool! Would love to give this a try!!!

What an amazing transformation!

I would love a set in blue. I wonder if my daughter will make me a few... if I give her gentle hints (ie.. link her the webpage)

wow cool looking project great way to dress up boring utensils

Looks like a great idea for great gifts with plain flatware made unique

Very cool!

This is new to me, a fun way to jazz up silverware for a brand new look!

wow i ever thought about doing this! ty!

Now that's how to make your utensils unique!

This is a very unique craft. What a great way to get a matching utensil set to go with any colors in your dishes!

This looks beautiful and what a great way to get all of those odds and ends of silverware pulled together as a set. I would love to try this.

These are stunning!

what an interesting project. Lots of possibilities for fun silverware. Thanks.

I really love this idea. I would like to try to customize my utensils.

Would love to customize my silverware and other items in my kitchen...would love to try this stuff. Just what I need another hobby...lol

interesting... will try with my granddaughter

Those are sweet!!!!!

This project gives me so many ideas. I never would have thought to use it on Utensils

Never thought to use scuplty on silverware. My mom uses it for her Godly Play props. So far the best conversation has been about baking Jesus in the oven at 350 for an hour...

these are beautiful and I love the gold accents! cannot wait to try it!

These are amazing!

How pretty! A simple and fun way to make an every day item sparkle with your own personality!

wow this is so neat

Wow! I would have never thought you could take such plain eating utensils, make them look this great, with clay, actually, I've seen the most beautiful art and other crafting done with clay online, and I have to show the photos, to the men I work with, and they are surprised, it's clay...thanks for the easy step by step, tutorial.. Very helpful.

Oops, I thought it was for the instructions, being helpful. And I thought their great instructions. So, I clicked the box.

This would be a great way to make inexpensive , unmatched cutlery look like a gorgeous matched set.

This would be a great way to make unmatched cheap cutlery look good again & matching.

This is a great way to make inexpensive cutlery to look beautiful.

I would love to make this.I have never heard of making your own silverware before.I love the color scheme.

this looks so cool and a lot of fun!

This is so neat, I would love to do my daughters silverware set!

such a cool and unique idea!

What a great idea! Thanks!

WOW! This looks so beautiful. What a terrific way to make your utensils match your decor!!

I love this! The utensils would look lovely with my plates! I would be the envy of my group - 12 Days of Christmas Peacock Utensils!

Love this idea. Thanks

such a great tutorial. I would love to start a new craft like this

GORGEOUS!!!

This looks fun!

Cool handled utensils, but that looks time lengthy!

Great idea! I'd love to see this on my crochet hooks!

I have so many things this can be applied to, it is going on my must try list!

I want to try this with my crochet hooks!

Oh wow! I would love to do this because it would make a great gift for weddings and housewarmings!

Would love to try this very fun looking craft project out. I'm in aww of those silverware. So awesome

I would love to try this on my current silverware and try to match it to my dinnerware. It would look really nice!

Love the look created with the clay. I think I will try different colors to match my dinnerware.

Ok...IN LOVE! I have always wanted to work with clay but have een too nervous. I want to try this! And the colors are beautiful!

What fun! We have a bunch of odd utensils we use for camping - I could make them all match!

Nice, but better if the instructions didn't assume we had all the items they sell, ie. slicer and Clay Conditioner machine. How about telling us how thick if we are rolling it out or using some other machine, etc.

this may be the first project I try as I've never used clay before and I'm still a little nervous about working with it.

Awesome _ I Love Mokume Gane

This looks like a very easy pattern to follow....thanks for a cool idea....have a great xmas....

I have never tried to do this, but like the look so the utensils and would like too try.

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