Introduction: Decorative Concrete - Mokume Gane Method

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Mokume gane is a metalworking technique that I have tried to emulate using concrete. It involves stacking different coloured materials to create fine layers. The material is cut to expose the lower layers and then flattened to form a distinctive pattern.

See below link for an example of mokume gane metalwork:

Some of the techniques used are similar to making agate ware (a form of pottery).

Step 1: Things You Will Need


  • dust mask
  • latex gloves

Coloured cement:

  • white cement
  • red, black and yellow pigment
  • graphite


  • form (body wash container)
  • water
  • detergent
  • disposable cups
  • popsicle sticks
  • sodium silicate (available from pottery supply stores)
  • paint brush
  • knife sharpening stone (or other sanding/grinding tools)
  • wire cutter (fishing line tied between two popsicle sticks)

Step 2: Instruction Video

Refer to the above instruction video for a demonstration of the method.

If you would like any further clarification or support on any of the steps, please feel free to leave me a comment and I will help as best as I can.


DragonfireFX (author)2014-08-07

I hate to be the spoil sport but mokume gane's literal translation is "wood grain metal" so this isnt mokume gane. though it is very cool and wood grained

You are right in saying that this is not mokume gane. It is my attempt to emulate mokume gane metalwork using concrete. I have explained this in the description, and the colours I've used are even named after their metal counterparts, with graphite in the mix to give them a little bit of a metallic sheen.

robbi1 (author)2014-07-26

in fact non of your links works....wish they did totally cool project

IsharMorradChuain (author)robbi12014-07-28

Links worked fine for me. Author might have fixed it since you last looked.

This is so cool!

robbi1 (author)2014-07-26

umm still no video

boatingman (author)2014-07-26

What video? All I can get is a photo.

Hi boatingman, the video is in Step 2. I hope you can see it, it works ok for me.

Here is a direct youtube link:

boatingman (author)2014-07-26

By the way, what I can see, it's beautiful work.

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