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Fig. 9  STEP 7:  Firmly adhere the entire Mokume Gane loaf of clay to your work surface.  If your work surface is not sticky, find a smooth clean sheet of glass, plexiglass, or other inert substance (NOT WOOD!) to work on.  Using the tissue blade, carefully slice ultra-thin sheets of clay from the top of the Mokume loaf. 


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 STEP 8:  Use these resulting small pieces of Mokume bits to adorn anything you'd like.  I would suggest using a light-colored translucent mix for the base of your piece.  (on the pieces shown here, I used Promat Gold for the base.)  Some ideas for the slices: earrings, pins and beads,  tool handles, tissue-blade covers, whatever your art desires!  (click here to see mokume tool handles.) The resulting loaf, after being sliced into, reveals gorgeous layers of striated claywith leafing in subtle shaded colors.

 STEP 9:  Once you've constructed your piece of finished artwork using the Mokume slices and the loaf, bake at the manufacturer's recommended temperature for at least 1/2 hour.  Remove promptly and allow to cool.

  STEP 10:  Once the Mokume piece is cooled, gently sand underwater with the 600-grit automotive wet-dry sandpaper until smooth to the touch.  Polish with a soft cloth (old clean baby diapers are great for this!) or use a buffing wheel and muslin buff to impart a very high gloss.  Buffing brings-out the depth and dimension of the translucent clay, allowing the colors and the leafing to show through to the bottom-most layer of clay!  This is one of the most beautifully rich looks you can achieve with polymer clay!

Kris Richards
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