Mokume translates from Japanese as “wood eye” which refers to the burl type of wood grain and gane means " metal". The technique was originally created to make parts of the handle for the samurai’s sword. The beautiful patterns in these pieces for the handle would reflect similar patterns developed in the forging of the sword blade. Today the beautiful and unique patterns in mokume are used to create one of a kind rings and jewelry.
After extensive research on this ancient technique, I have developed my own modern method for making mokume gane using currently available equipment and materials. In my work I fuse sheets of platinum, gold, and silver alloys together. I then forge and carve the stack to create unique patterns in the metal.