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Mokume Gane Peacock Utensils

By: Helen Hughes from Polyform

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.

    Mokume Gane Peacock Utensils
     
  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.

    Mokume Gane Peacock Utensils
     
  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.

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

    Mokume Gane Peacock Utensils
     
  5. Stack these 3 sections into a new stack.

    Mokume Gane Peacock Utensils
     
  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.

    Mokume Gane Peacock Utensils
     
  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.

    Mokume Gane Peacock Utensils
     
  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.

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

    Mokume Gane Peacock Utensils
     
  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.

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

    Mokume Gane Peacock Utensils
     
  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.

    Mokume Gane Peacock Utensils
     
  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.

    Mokume Gane Peacock Utensils
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