What the heck is Mokume-gane?

My jewelry class recently learned about and created pieces using a technique called mokume-gane. It is a fascinating process in which two contrasting metals are fused together to create a woodgrain-type pattern. Our class took a less than purist route by fusing together $3.00 in quarters. This is the cheaper, college route instead of using precious metals that are more costly. Once we had the mokume-gane formed, each person in my class treated the newly formed metal as if cost thousands of dollars. We knew the time and effort that was put in to make the new metal. Below are some photos taken during the process. Stay tuned for all my finished projects and pieces as we finish up our last week of class.

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