Mokume Gane Earrings

I know, I know. I should be packing and getting ready for my trip. I decided to take a break and do something creative so I finished these earrings. Now I can bring them with me on my trip.

A couple of weeks ago I created a polymer clay mokume gane stack and started playing around with different shapes for jewelry components. Today I glued in some wires, fashioned some earring hooks from 20-gauge S.S. wire and these earrings were born.

I’m experimenting with weaving seed beads around polymer clay components. I especially like the freeform designs of mokume gane to go with freeform beadwork. My most successful color combinations have been when I’ve incorporated light, medium and dark colors. It’s fun looking around the house for various tools and objects to impress into the clay stack. Just mix your colors, create individual sheets, layer them to make a stack and then texture with your found objects. Using a tissue blade, slice from the top of the stack to reveal the patterns. I love watching the patterns emerge. You can make a “fabric” by laying the slices on a coordinating color sheet of clay. I like to take that sheet and run it through the pasta machine to stretch out the patterns so they swirl and dance around.

Ok, back to packing!

11 comments on “Mokume Gane Earrings

  1. Ronalyn says:

    Beautiful earrings! Mokume Gane is so much fun to create because the possiblities are endless.

  2. artandtea says:

    Thanks Ronalyn! I agree!

  3. dorasexplorations says:

    Beautiful earrings, Karen…Great color palette, and I like the the long skinny shape of the earrings..I agree that Mokume Gane combines very well with beadwork…I have a Mokume Gane polymer clay cabachon that I plan to bead around…once I decide on what beads to use, a long and painful process for me !

  4. The cool thing about mokume gane is how the colors flow together even if they are quite different from each other. The thin slices showing the layers underneath has a lot to do with that. It does bring a great opportunity to tie in several colors with the accent beads, and I love that!

  5. Steph W says:

    Those are awesome! And your photos are always so exquisite! have a great trip!

  6. Acey says:

    Karen, i just love these. Your jewelry pieces make me wish I actually wore more jewelry because everything is so exquisite and lively. Have a great trip and travel safely!

  7. LB says:

    cool earrings!

  8. artandtea says:

    Thanks ladies for all of your kind and thoughtful comments!

  9. Lunes says:

    Great earrings – I’m a great fan of MG!

  10. artandtea says:

    Thanks! Me too!

  11. […] polymer clay cabochon was created from the mokume gane stack I used to make these earrings. Another pendant, perhaps for a free-form […]

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