I am preparing for a demonstration I will be giving at the 2012 Clay ConneCTion Retreat on Ripple Blade Mokume Gane. This gotten me into the studio (I am finding it SO hard to concentrate on anything else!), and I had forgotten how much fun it can be to explore a technique in depth. There’s less info on ripple blade techniques than I expected to find online. The basis for what I’ve been doing so far comes from techniques Jody Bishel demonstrated years ago at our retreat. She also had a project in the book Polymer Clay: Exploring New Techniques and New Materials.
Some of my samples:
Using pearl clays
Starting with chopped clay of various colors
There’s a layer of glitter laden translucent clay in this one, but it barely shows
I’m having so much fun playing around, making samples and exploring the effects of slight changes in the striped stack. It’s addictive. My daughter is getting tired of me enthusing about my latest samples. She likes the zigzag patterns best, and I love the dots.