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February 2012 Meeting: Mokume Gane with a Twist

This month we will be exploring a really fun new twist on an old technique. Some of you have been experimenting with it already. It’s a lot of fun, but there are several preliminary steps, so you’ll be better off bringing your clay already conditioned and rolled to the right thickness, if possible.

Shirley Conaway will be teaching this fun Mokume Gane with a Twist pattern.

Shirley Mokume Gane ProjectOur meeting will be held Saturday, February 11th, 2012, from 1:30-4:30, at the Hobby Lobby on I-35 and South 19th in Moore (2650 Service Road, Moore, OK 73160).

Supplies you will need to bring:

Clay:

  • 4 half-blocks (1 oz. each) of four contrasting colors, 2 lighter and 2 darker, rolled to strips about 2” x 4” on thickest setting of pasta machine
  • ½ block of a color to use as a base (will show through holes).
  • ½ block of a backing color - rolled on thickest setting
  • Scrap clay equal to about 2 blocks worth

Tools and Equipment:

  • Pasta machine
  • Brayer or clay roller
  • Clay blade, very sharp for horizontal slicing
  • Needle tool
  • Shaped clay cutters, various sizes, if you have them
  • Tile for baking
  • Work surface that clay will stick to and not move if pressed down. Your baking tile may work. Glass and acrylic work well.)
  • Spray bottle for spritzing
  • 4 new 3x3” square sticky note pads (optional, but they make horizontal slicing easier)
  • Waxed paper, paper towels, alcohol wipes

Optional:

  • Household implements to make shaped punctures in clay: I will bring some to share and some for you to take home, but if you have small items you think make interesting holes or impressions in clay, bring them. Examples are tubes or clay cutters that make various size holes; cake-decorating tips; embroidery thread spools; crochet needle; hardware items; seashells that make spiral cuts or wavy lines.

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