Monday, 2 April 2012

Mokume Gane - Stamping with a Difference by Frankie Gaywood

Woo, I am so excited to be bringing you my first piece on this wonderful Artistic Stamper Creative Blog!! So, stamping... yes it is, but with a difference. As the title suggests, it is actually Japenese and is a metal working technique, to make wood grain effect in metals. I am using it with polymer clay, and I want to share 2 projects with you. It is quite photo-heavy, so get a cuppa and enjoy.

 So, on the desk is a whole lot of new clay and all the tools I need to get going., including my pasta maker.

 Each pack needs to be cut and then -

 popped into the pasta machine to be conditioned...

 When all my colours were conditioned and softened

 they were cut and layered with each other and with some gold foil... is she ever getting to the stamping, I hear you cry!!  Yes I am so see below...

I lay the mini polka dots background stamp on top of the stack and pressed down hard to imprint the image through the clay. The beauty of this technique is that you never really know the beauty of what you have made until you cut into the stack...

 I slotted some orange clay into the stack then started to slice...

 The blade slices as thin slivers as possible, being careful not to cut your own fingers!!!! Tee hee...

 So I used the mini polka dots and the cogs background stamps - yummy deep-etched rubber and below it is possible to see their influence!!

 This slice shows the cogs and the dots beautifully...

On another stack, I used the grid backround stamp and made some holes with my pokey tool!! Just look at the wonderful clay markings that produced...
 Beautiful squares of colour... and such texture...

 So I wrapped some beads made from spare clay. I will make something with them and show you the finished articles in a later post...

 Here are some of them, surrounded by a bracelet I made recently. They will match beautifully...

 Woo, such lovely colours and swirls, and I LOVE those cogs and squares!! Great stampimg!!

 With another stack, I decided to create a frame for one of the 15cms collage alterable frames. I laid thin slices around the edge and trimmed ...

 Look at the bright sunshine streaming in through my craftroom window... and the frame finished and waiting to be "cooked""... I use my halogen oven, it's quick and easy and less costly than my large cooker.

 I made a Tim Holtz-type background with distress inks and stamping using the dots and checks background stamps, and then added the teeny tiny butterfly. The beetle in the bottom corner and the beautiful large buttlerfly are from the same plate called insects and butterflies.

The leaves are from the Graphic 45 Tropical Paradise Pad. I fussy cut them. I used the pad because my frame reminded me of the paper when it was finished...

Well, I thoroughly enjoyed sharing my first project of the month with you, and look forward to seeing you all again soon, in a couple of weeks.
Love and Light
Frankie xx

23 comments:

Carol said...

I love what you done, can I do fimo?

...the yorkshire fox... said...

...wow... what an amazing 1st post all the colours & layers & threaded with gold too, you've enriched our crafting with this new to us technique...thank you...Mel :)

Helen said...

Wow, what fun! I have never worked with clay at all, but this is a great trick.

Sid said...

What a fab technique and the projects are really fantastic !

Buttons said...

Gosh! Love this effect. So unsuual. Thanks for sharing with everyone - so inspiring.
Hugs, Buttons x

inkypinkycraft said...

A great technique, love. The rich colours!! Fab hugs trace x

Astrid Maclean said...

Wowsers, this is soooo cool!! Amazing technique and results!

ElizabethR said...

Just gorgeous Frankie I love this technique as you never know what you will end up with. Love Elizabeth xxx

Artyjen said...

Wow! Fabulous ;)
xoxo Sioux

Carol said...

Where did you get your sharp cutter from?

Emma said...

Fabulous card project and so excited to see what you'll be creating next for us...thank you, so much for joining us as our Guest Designer.
Love Emma xx

Alie Hoogenboezem-de Vries said...

Amazing artwork!!!

greetings, Alie :-)

Janet said...

Brilliant work. Love it.

Janet xx

Janny Jager 't Hooft said...

Wowwwwww this is beautiful

Greetings Janny

craftytrog said...

So creative! I love your beautiful frame Frankie! x

Peggy said...

all I can say is WOW! beautiful and such an awesome technique thanks for sharing!

Jennie -The Artistic Stamper said...

Amazing Frankie, thank you for inspiring us!
xx

Dragon said...

Thanks for all your lovely comments, especially from the Boss Lady herself!!!
Frankie
xx

Vick McClean said...

Wow, what a great technique, and i love what you came up with in the end Frankie. D'you know i have about 12 packs of that type of clay from about 4 years ago i bought cheap when a shop was closing own and have never used it, you have inspired me to try something with mine, thankyou hun, Namaste, Vick

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Vick McClean said...

Oh and i dont know if its just me but didnt you think that at some stage that looked like a bar of chocolate had got mixed up in there once you added the gold leaf, good call by the way, would never have thought of adding my gold leaf to clay, genius!! xxx Vick

Vick McClean said...

Wow, what a great technique, and i love what you came up with in the end Frankie. D'you know i have about 12 packs of that type of clay from about 4 years ago i bought cheap when a shop was closing own and have never used it, you have inspired me to try something with mine, thankyou hun, Namaste, Vick

the-artful-codger.blogspot.com
YT vixcrafts

Jennie Atkinson said...

Wow such an amazing technique! and I love the photo frame. So very inspiring - thankyou!

Von said...

WoW isn't that pretty amazing :)
Von x☻x