The Mokumé Gane Process

What is Mokumé?

Mokumé Gane, meaning woodgrain metal, is an ancient metalsmith technique first developed by a Japanese sword maker.


Mokumé Preparation

The process begins by cutting and cleaning up to 36 alternating layers of metal. In some cases the metals are our own house-made alloys.






Mokumé Billet

Next, the layers are pressed between two plates and fused in a kiln. This layered stack of metal forms what is known as a billet. When removed from the kiln, the layers are forged to increase the bond.





Mokumé Patterns

The billet is then annealed (softened), rolled out, and the pattern is carved. Every pattern is unique and varies from billet to billet.



Mokumé Jewelry

The billet is annealed and rolled out again, this time to the final desired thickness. The resulting jewelry is made with hand-fabrication techniques similar to to those used to create jewelry from a sheet of silver.