Ripple Blade Techniques

by Libby on July 13, 2012

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

Polymer Clay Ripple Blade sample A - Libby Mills

Starting with chopped clay of various colors

Polymer Clay Ripple Blade example B - Libby Mills

There’s a layer of glitter laden translucent clay in this one, but it barely shows

Polymer Clay Ripple Blade example C - Libby Mills

Rainbow stripes!

Polymer Clay Ripple Blade Example D - Libby Mills

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.

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Debbie G July 14, 2012 at 12:12 am

Oh… that’s going to be fun! For some reason, I liked the dots the most too. Hope you can teach me how to produce them more regularly, rather than by accident.

Pat B. April 8, 2014 at 11:51 pm

I love working with the ripple blade and your stuff is awesome. My favorites are the dot like patterns but I can’t figure out how to get them, can you give me any hints. Please!