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Photo Day!

So today, for better or worse I turned down a day of paid employment (deep gasp) to work on my business.

The logic being that I need to invest my time and energy in order to generate an income rather than just working for the man despite that money being relatively guaranteed it has an upper limit. World famous artist doesn’t really have an earning cap, hey? …..dreams are important and all that jazz!

(Jazz hands are appropriate here!)

So, wanna see my piccies?

(correct answer is yes…)

Exhibit A is a Gearpunk Dove, I have finally managed to capture the nuanced hues of alcohol inks and mica powders that forms the patination of the piece. Dead chuffed 🙂

Exhibit B is a Mokume Nendo Pendant from the general stock, it took some careful tweaking to get the colours accurate but I am kinda pleased with this one as well!

Exhibit C is a Heart Pendant made from a layered stack. Again lots of careful image manipulation was needed to bring the correct colours out!

I am so pleased to have finally found a way to get my photos looking right. There shall be an epic Purky Portfolio this year and hopefully that will generate some business.

As an aside, the images are manipulated to ensure a well composed image with true to life colours but they are not airbrushed in the style of catwalk models, to say that they truthfull represent the items of handcrafted joy made in my studio 🙂

Hurrah for Purkiness!

Much love from the Captain xx

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Mokume Nendo Experiment with free tutorial

Ahoy, I have been meaning to post this tutorial for ages. Unfortunately things are somewhat brassic at Purky towers so I am working two jobs and my time has been consumed by mundanity.

However, this tutorial is a photographic explanation of my attempts to use left over surface treatments to create lovely Mokume Nendo pieces.

Mokume Nendo – wood eye clay – is a technique adapted from the Japanese Mokume Gane – wood eye metal- a method for producing beautiful layered metalwork.

Step 1 condition some translucent clay, here I am using fimo brand and have rolled it to setting 9 on my eberhard faber fimo machine.

When experimenting I prefer to use a cookie cutter to do my mokume nendo, this way its just easier and quicker.

These pieces form the basis of your layered stack.

Take a piece of left over surface treatment, here ink and powder technique.

Begin layering your stack. Do not worry about the gaps.

Keep going until the stack is as high as you wanted. As this is an experiment, this is a pretty small stack.

One primordial mokume nendo stack! Time to get squashing…

Compact the stack to create a united piece. You may find that what is inside affects the unity of the stack. For example as this is an ink and powder piece, the powder natuarally prevents clay adhering to itself. Just keep manipulating the piece until it obeys you.

Continue compressing the stack until it can be rolled through the thickest setting on your clay machine.

Then restack. You can do this as many times as you like but be aware that the finer the strata between layers the more inticate and less bold the mokume patterns will be.

At this point I trim my stack and place the trimmings to one side. Then begin torturing the stack by impressing it with textures. The purpose of this is to cause internal distortions that create the mokume nendo pattern.

While the main stack rested I had a play with the trimmings. Those wooden stamps are chinese seal ‘chops’

This is a ginkyo leaf texture from the discontinued studio by sculpey tool line.

Once the stack has rested, take a tissue blade and finely slice across the top. Imagine you are taking slithers in order to produce a veneer.

Like so.

Apply the slices to a base sheet of polymer clay. Here I am using a slightly muddy piece of white clay.

Use a brayer to ensure your slices are adhered. Then roll the sheet through the clay machine. Be aware that depending on the setting you use, there will be distortions in the sheet of veneer.

Trim the sheet. I would normally back this veneer and turn it into jewellery components but I want the experimental sheet for my archive.

After baking and sanding. Interestingly the inks tinted the translucent which gave the lovely reddish hues. However, the dark polymer also over shadowed the translucent layers. It has an interesting finish and I think with further sanding and buffing something very exciting would ermerge.

The other two experiments prior to sanding

And afterwards. I am not really patient enough to sand these experiments down hard enough to explore the full potential but I will pop them in a box and get round to it eventually.

this is the most intrigueing piece for me, the fine levels of detail in the closely layered textured lines provide the most scope for future pieces.

I have another four tutorials using leftover surface treatments planned. Most of the pictures have been taken its just finding the time to edit them and get the tutorials up.

My apologies for being slow, I hope this inspires you to experiment with Mokume Nendo

Captain Purky

xx