Mokume Gane Polymer Clay Pendant

Learn how to easily create a beautiful Mokume Gane Polymer Clay Pendant.  Before I begin let’s find out what Mokume Gane means and how it originated.

Mokume-gane is a Japanese metalworking procedure which produces a mixed-metal laminate with distinctive layered patterns, as well as that laminate itself. Mokume gane translates closely to “wood grain metal” or “wood eye metal” and describes the way metal takes on the appearance of natural wood grain. Wikipedia

Using Polymer Clay we can replicate a similar wood grain pattern and create a beautiful Mokume Gane polymer clay pendant.

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                              Supplies Needed

1.  Polymer Clay
I will be using Sculpey Premo UltraMarine Blue, Sculpey III Granny Smith Green, and Sculpey III White
2.  Ball Stylus Clay Sculpting Tools
3.  Cutting Blades (one straight and one crinkle blade)
4.  Acrylic Roller
5. Pasta Machine
6.  Cutters

                                To Get Started

More than two colors are preferred for this technique.  It’s best to use colors that contrast each other.  Using colors that contrast each other will create a more defined pattern in the clay.

                                             

Roll each color through the pasta machine on the thickest setting.  Cut each color to the same size and stack them on top of each other.
Using the acrylic roller, press and roll the stack to help them adhere to each other.  Then cut the stack in half.

 

Now stack both pieces so the colors alternate.  Be sure to not place them having two of the same color together.  This will prevent you from being able to create a good pattern later. 


Once they are stacked, use the acrylic roller to press them together a bit and then place it in the pasta machine on the thickest setting.  Put it through the long way so you are able to lengthen the clay.  Trim the edges and cut it in half.  Keep the trimmings nearby as we will be using them when we are ready to create the pendants.

Stack both sides, again being sure to alternate the colors. 
Roll it and then put it through the pasta machine sideways this time to widen the clay.  Cut it in half and stack it for the final time.


Pinch the clay on all four sides to condence it.

                           Adding the Pattern


Now it’s time to create the pattern in the clay.  You are free to do as you wish with this part.  Your options are endless as far as what you can do to create the patterns.  I’m going to be using my crinkle cutter (I made that name up) first.  This will create some fun wavy patterns in the clay.  Then I will use several sizes of my ball stylus.  I will push the ball stylus into the clay.  I’m not pushing so far that I go through the clay, I’m only going about 3/4 of the way through.  With the crinkle cutter I did go all the way through.

Once you are satisfied with the pattern it’s time to condense/reduce the clay enough to “close” the gaps/holes.

         Now the fun part!

Now we get to slice into the cane to see what mokume gane patterns we can create.

Using a thin blade slice a layer off of the top of the clay and flip it over to see what you have come up with.

Now we have some beautiful mokume gane patterns in our clay.  Let’s create a polymer clay pendant with it.

                 

                                   Scraps!

Using the scraps I cut off earlier, I am going to create the back piece for the pendant.  This will be the piece I lay the mokume gane clay on.

I will run the scrap through the pasta machine a couple times.

Then I will lay the clay slices on top of the rolled out scrap clay.  Using the acrylic roller I even out the clay nicely.

I lay the cling wrap over the clay and position the clay cutter where I want to cut out the pendant.

I’m going to add a small hole to put the faux leather cord through after it’s finished.

If you want to see how I use resin to finish my pendants you can check out my post titled How to Apply UV Resin to a Pendant.

                         Finished Product!

I baked the Mokume Gane Polymer Clay Pendant at 275 degrees for 40 minutes.  Follow the manufacturers recommendation for the clay you are using.  It may be different than mine.

Once baked I sanded the piece and added the UV Resin.  Here is the finished result along with a couple others I created at the same time.

                                Conclusion!

So that’s it!  That is how to create a beautiful Mokume Gane Polymer Clay Pendant.  As with so many of the techniques, the options are endless as to what you can create.  It’s really a lot of fun.

I would love to know what you think about this technique.  Have you heard of Mokume Gane before?  What colors would you like to see used with this technique?  If you could please leave your comments below I would appreciate it.

If you are interested in purchasing one of these pendants or if you would like to see some of my other creations, you can visit my Ebay Store.  You can also follow me on Instagram or Pinterest.

I am grateful you are here!

                                 Fun Fact!

Place the clay in the refrigerator/freezer for a few minutes to cool it off prior to slicing it.  This will make it easier to slice without it sticking to the blade.

30 thoughts on “Mokume Gane Polymer Clay Pendant”

  1. This project looks like so much fun! Your finished product always look so lovely and professionally made!

    Where do you get your materials? I mean do you purchase online or go to a retail store?

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    • Hello to you,
      Thank you for visiting my site and thank you for a great question. I do order many
      of my things online. I use Amazon.com and the PolymerClaySuperstore.com. As far as
      craft stores go, I use Hobby Lobby and Joann’s Fabric for the most part.
      Thank you again,
      All the best,
      Teresa

      Reply
  2. I have to say that is very very neat. I love the design and how it stands out it’s so creative. I think green is a great color but I bet blue would be also a great color. I have never heard of anything like this before so being able to see that is really really impressive. What else are you currently into with designs?

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    • Hello to you,
      I really appreciate your visit to my site. And thank you for your question. Currently
      I am focused on the polymer clay pendants as well as resin art. You can visit my
      my ebay store at ebay.com/str/myeclecticdesign or visit me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/myeclecticdesign/
      to see many of my creations.
      Thank you again for your visit, I am grateful you were here.
      Teresa

      Reply
  3. This is beautiful, and seems like a relaxing art. I enjoy the organization and flow of your web page design as much as I like the idea of your pendants. This is a great experience to see the steps of the process and how it turns out to be more than a trinket but a symbol of peace.
    Sincerely,
    Nurse Becca
    -R. Nixon, RN/LNC

    Reply
    • Hello Rebecca, Thank you so much for visiting my site and for the kind words. I love
      creating pieces that can be worn or used in some functional way. Using polymer clay
      and resin to create my art has been so extremely rewarding for me.
      Thank you again,
      All the best,
      Teresa

      Reply
  4. Wow! these are beautiful. I have never heard of these before or your technique to make them but I would love to give it a try. do you need the pasta machine or can you do it by hand.
    Your instruction are very good. Very clear and easy to follow.
    If mine don’t turn out I know where to buy one!

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    • Hello there!
      I appreciate your visit to my site. You do not need a pasta machine for this technique.
      But I will be honest, it makes the process a lot easier when you have one.
      I would love to hear about your experience if you do create them.
      All the best,
      Teresa

      Reply
  5. Hello there, wow I have to say this is really so CREATIVE. Your step by step description is so detailed and seems to be easy to follow. The final product looks very professional though. I would like to give it a try. Where I can get any materials?

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    • Hello and I will first express my appreciation for your visit to my site.
      Great question! I get most of my materials from Amazon and Joann’s Fabric.
      I buy a lot of my clay at Polymerclaysuperstore.com. Really good service
      from them.
      Thank you again,
      All the best,
      Teresa

      Reply
  6. Hey Teresa, I must admit, I have never heard of Mokume Gane Polymor before but I have to say they are beautiful.

    In our house it is Susan who is very much into her craft-work and I just know she will be interested.

    I don’t think you mentioned the time they take to make from start to finish?

    Thank you for sharing

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    • Hello Mick, thank you for visiting my website. It would take me less than
      a half hour to create the piece. Baking time is about 45 minutes and then
      another five or ten minutes to add the findings to the piece.
      Thank you for the great question!

      All the best,
      Teresa

      Reply
  7. Wow
    This is so detailed. My granny actually loves doing new crafts and she always obsesses about doing new things and I think this Mokume Gane Polymer Clay Pendant will be very good for her especially since you even included the pictures for each step. I just bookmarked this page for the next time I see her.

    Reply
    • Hello there, that is awesome, I’m glad you enjoyed the post. I appreciate
      your visit to my site. I would love to see what Granny is able to create.

      All the best to you,
      Teresa

      Reply
  8. Great details about the whole process. Very nice indeed. I may have to go through it all again or maybe even a few times in order to get everything.

    Thanks for sharing.

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  9. Hi Teresa,

    I learned something new again from your post. Thanks so much for introducing the mokume-gane and shared another tutorial in making a beautiful pendant out of mokume-gane polymer clay.
    The finish products are nicely done. You chose great colors like blue, green, and white. The go great together. I love it!
    Do you think we can use mold or something to get special designs?
    Thank you!

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    • Hello and I really appreciate your visit to my site. I am really glad you
      were able to take some new knowledge from what I have offered.
      In my post How to Create a Polymer Clay Mandala I use a silicone mold to
      create the pendant. There are other molds out there as well.

      Thank you for the great question!
      Teresa

      Reply
  10. I love the coincidence of these patterns. And I am amazed by the patterns that come out of it, nice! I like the irregular shaped pendants the most, although the round one is good too, of course.

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    • Hello and thank you so much for visiting my site. I do like the irregular shapes
      as well for the pendants. They are a lot of fun to create.

      Thank you again,
      Teresa

      Reply
  11. I just visited your ebay store to check how the final products look like; Wow! they are great indeed!

    I’m looking to start a craft store, and thus collecting some products information as well as doing some market research at this moment. Pendant or key ring made of Mokume Gane Polymer Clay, it’s new idea to me and also looks very interesting.

    The methods you have suggested here are also not hectic at all. But at this moment I’m not looking make them myself, rather I prefer to keep readymade ones in my store. But one thing is much important to know first; you are already dealing with these item, how is the demand in the market?

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    • Hello and thank you for your visit to my site. That’s a great question.
      I will say Pre-Covid it looked a bit different than it does at the moment.
      Part of that is due to it not being as easy to get the product in front of people.
      At the moment so many are not looking to make extra expenses in this area of purchase.
      And they are cancelling venues all over including my largest event in September this year.
      So it’s a bit tougher now. But, that being said, the items I offer are beautiful yet
      inexpensive items. Things one can give as a stocking stuffer or secret santa gift. I
      have customers who buy my magnets and give them to a sister for her birthday. Just a
      small gesture to say something to someone. And people are trying to find things like that
      at this time. The need for a nice quality small gift item is there. We just need to come
      up with more creative ways to get it in front of people now.
      I hope that helps,
      All the best,
      Teresa

      Reply
  12. Hi Teresa,

    This is absolutely beautiful. You are teaching people in a time of crisis how to spend their free time engaging in a relaxing hobby.
    Your instructions are clear and step by step , easy to follow for anyone. I will send this to my friend who loves to buy these type of pendants every time we go on holiday, maybe she can make her own ones now.

    Kind regards,
    Yoana

    Reply
    • Hello Yoana,
      Thank you so much for your kind words. Also, thank you for visiting my site.
      I am really glad you enjoyed reading the process of making a Mokume Gane pendant.

      All the best,
      Teresa

      Reply
  13. First of all.. wow! That pendant is absolutely stunning, great job. You are so crafty!
    I did some clay work at college as part of my sculpture classes.
    They had a kiln to bake the clay. How do you do this? What are the different options available to me?
    There is no way that I can afford my own kiln.
    Can I rent one? Use my oven?
    I would love to know more and the financial side of this before investing to heavily into the really enjoyable craft. Is there anything else I should consider?

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    • Hello and thank you for visiting and for the great questions. No need for a kiln to
      bake Polymer Clay. All you need is an oven or toaster oven will even work. It is
      so affordable. All you need to start are the items listed in the post. That’s really it.
      That’s why it’s such an economical activity to do with kids even. You could literally get
      started for less than $50.

      Thank you again for the great questions! I hope I was able to answer it to your liking.
      All the best,
      Teresa

      Reply
  14. Hi there,

    This sounds like such a creative and fun hobby or activity that someone could do, especially with their kids. They’re so colourful too, which is ideal for this time of year. Plus think of all the money you’d spend on buying jewellery!

    Reply
    • Hi there, I have never had as much fun as I’m having creating all these pieces.
      I just love it!
      Thank you for checking out my Mokume Gane post.

      All the best,
      Teresa

      Reply
  15. Hello. This is such a beautiful pendant, and that you give step for step instruction on how to make it yourself is just amazing. My daughter is always doing some sort of craft project and she would love giving this on a try too. Thank you for the great article.

    Reply
    • Hello, thank you for your kind words and for visiting my site.
      I think your daughter would love to create a polymer clay pendant.

      All the best,
      Teresa

      Reply

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