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:

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

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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.

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    5 years ago

    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.


    5 years ago

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

    1 reply

    5 years ago

    umm still no video

    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:


    5 years ago

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