Mokume-gane is an old Japanese technique for creating patterned and colored finishes that resemble wood grain using metals. In this class, we will be applying this technique to polymer clay to produce beautiful veneers. These veneers will then be used to cover various items in class. As we work you will learn about the properties of various polymer clays and tips on how to achieve great results.
No experience necessary. Supplies included.
This is a drop-in class; no registration required. The class is free for Art Loft members and $20 for non-members.
About the Artist
Midcoast artist Linda Leach has won the coveted 2017 Niche Award in the Polymer Jewelry category, thanks to a new etching alternative technique she created for making polymer clay jewelry.
Leach is comfortable in many media, working in clay, oils, metal and digital photography. Unlike texture sheets that utilize commercial designs, her new etching technique enables the artist to use his or her own designs. She hand-etches the design on copper plate using a permanent Sharpie as a resist, followed by a soak in a bath of ferric chloride. The design can then be overlaid with a combination of liquid polymer clay enhanced by the additions of acrylic paint, mica powder and alcohol ink to create designs that are truly unique.
An example of Leach’s award-winning etching alternative technique may be viewed in a necklace she calls “a wild new piece that I know is over the top” at polymerclaydaily.com. Her own website, LindaLeachDesigns.com, showcases jewelry creations using this new and unusual technique, as well as her other original and eclectic multimedia artwork.
Leach was a speaker at the International Polymer Clay Association’s Synergy4 Conference in August 2017 in Valley Forge, Pa. She taught her new technique at the New England Polymer Artist Guild, viewable on Facebook, and held classes at Synergy4; future classes will be announced following the conference. Her new Etching Alternative technique was featured in The Polymer Arts Magazine winter 2017 issue and Belle Armoire Jewelry Magazine winter 2017 issue. Leach co-owns The Maine Lights Collection with Sandy Clement.