Artist: Jim Binnion
Email: jbin AT mokume-gane.com
Orchid Gallery: http://www.ganoksin.com/orchid/jim-binnion.htm
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.