Introduction: Decorative Concrete - Mokume Gane Method

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:

http://www.mvh-schmuckwerk.de/wp-content/uploads/2...

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

Step 1: Things You Will Need

Safety:

  • dust mask
  • latex gloves

Coloured cement:

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

Other:

  • 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.

Comments

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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

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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.

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robbi1 (author)2014-07-26

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

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IsharMorradChuain (author)robbi12014-07-28

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

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This is so cool!

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robbi1 (author)2014-07-26

umm still no video

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boatingman (author)2014-07-26

What video? All I can get is a photo.

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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:

http://youtu.be/7rVagQP6oWU

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boatingman (author)2014-07-26

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