Mokume Gane Peacock Utensils – Polymer Clay Tutorials.

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Thrift store silverware can be made new again with this Mokume Gane Peacock Utensil tutorial.  By covering the handles of silverware with this artistic Japanese-style design, you can instantly transform old silverware into something new and exciting.  Great for livening up your kitchen, this clay-covered silverware is sure to compliment any home décor style.

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Materials:

 1 block Premo! Accents: Translucent – 2 oz
 1 block Premo! Accents: Purple Pearl – 2 oz
 1 block Premo! Accents: Gold – 2 oz
 1 block Premo! Accents: Peacock Pearl – 2 oz
 1 block Premo! Sculpey®: White – 2 oz
 1 block Premo! Sculpey®: Black – 2 oz
 Clay Conditioning Machine
 Clay Extruder
 Sculpey® Super Slicer
 Sculpey® Bake & Bond
 Silverware Serving Pieces
 Wet/dry sandpaper 400, 600 and 800 grit
 Buffing Wheel or soft cloth

Instructions:

1. Begin by preheating oven to 275°F (130 °C). Test temperature with oven thermometer for perfectly cured clay.
For best results, condition all clay by running it through the Clay Conditioning Machine several passes on the
widest setting. Fold the clay in half after each pass and insert the fold side into the rollers first.
2. Tint Translucent clay with 3 different colors. Tint one ounce of Translucent with a 1/4″ ball of Purple, another
one ounce of translucent with 1/4″ ball of Gold, and one ounce of Translucent with 1/4″ ball of Peacock Pearl.
Roll out each color out on a medium setting of the Clay Conditioning Machine. Roll two more sheets of
Translucent on a thin setting of the Clay Conditioning Machine. Cover each thin sheet with a layer of imitation
Gold leaf.
3. Use these 5 sheets of Translucent clay to make a mokume gane stack. Stack: Tinted Translucent, Gold leaf
covered Translucent, Tinted Translucent, Gold leaf covered Translucent, ending with the last tinted Translucent
sheet.
4. Roll this Translucent clay stack through the Clay Conditioning Machine on the thickest setting. Cut into 3
sections.

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5. Stack these 3 sections into a new stack.
6. Roll Black clay out on medium setting on the Clay Conditioning Machine. Roll out White clay on a medium
setting. Stack the Black on top of the White and roll out on the thickest setting of the Clay Conditioning Machine.
7. Place your Black/White sheet combination on top of the Translucent stack, ending with Black on top.
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8. Impress the complete mokume gane stack with a credit/gift card, dragging the Black clay down to the bottom of
the stack. Compress the mokume gane stack back together. Let the distressed mokume gane stack rest.
9. Turn the mokume gane stack upside down placing the Black clay on the bottom. Using the Super Slicer blade,
carefully cut across the mokume gane stack parallel with the table.
10. Place translucent pieces on a sheet of White clay rolled out on a medium to thin setting, covering the white
sheet completely. Burnish.

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11. Roll through the Clay Conditioning Machine first at a thick setting and moving down in thickness until you reach
your desired thickness. This sheet will be your veneer.
12. Cover the handles of your silverware with White clay rolled out on a medium setting. Bake as directed above for
10 minutes. Cool.
13. Apply a thin layer of Bake & Bond or Sculpey Translucent Liquid clay to the clay covered silverware handle. Cover the White sheet with your veneer, carefully mend seams.

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14. Extrude or roll a 1/4″ diameter rope from Black clay. Wrap around top edge of silverware, mending the seam
where it meets.

15. Bake as directed above. Immediately after removing the silverware from the oven, plunge into a bowl of ice
water. Wet sand the silverware handle with 400 grit wet dry sandpaper. Progress to 600 grit sandpaper, finish
with 800 grit sandpaper. Buff lightly on a polishing wheel to a high shine.
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