Introduced in Japan at a time as early as the 17th century, the Mokume-Gane effect is mainly used for metalworking, where a curious mixture of metals are produced in a laminate, containing patterns that are layered. This technique had originally been created for aesthetic purposes like sword decoration but have since then evolved into being used for other mediums like jewellery and more! If you are a fan of the products containing this technique, you will be pleased to know that you can replicate the end results of such an effect using rubber stamps and polymer clay. Here’s how:
Begin by preparing and gathering these required items- polymer clay (2 to 4 colours recommended), rolling pin, water, rubber stamp (the deeper etched the better), crafting blade and paper (if required). Once you have gathered all the material, make sure to begin rolling and layering the polymer clay out so that you can begin conditioning your clay.
Knead the polymer clay until you feel that the texture and consistency is soft and malleable. Then use your rolling pin to roll and layer each different coloured polymer clay into thin sheets so that you can stack them on top of each other. Make sure to layer them properly because you will then be required to cut your layered stack of polymer clay. Half the clay stack and stack that section on top of the section you had. If done right, you will have 8 layers of alternating colours. Flatten the stack once again with your rolling pin so that the height is close to half of what it’s original height was. Now that you have properly prepared your polymer clay, you will have to make use of your rubber stamps.
Press your rubber stamps down firmly on different sections of the clay’s surface to create indentations and check sporadically if the rubber stamp is beginning to stick. In order to avoid ruining the polymer clay by having your rubber stamps stick to it, regularly sprinkle or spray water onto your rubber stamp. Stamp according to your requirements and let your polymer clay cool so that it settles back into firmness. Monitor the progress and trim away any excess bits, including the raised portions so that the colours beneath can shine through. Smooth out the rest of the surface by rolling it gently and you can begin cutting shapes with your rubber stamp and other uses. You can experiment with different colour combinations for varying effects.