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Mokume Gane with the Masters Chris Ploof & Jim Binnion

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$1,307.31 includes tuition, kit materials fee and applicable sales tax. (Tuition: $1,225, kit fee: $75, tax: $7.31)


October 19 - October 23, 2020

Course Description:

Mokume gane is one of the most challenging techniques in the field of jewelry making, but it doesn’t have to be! Over the course of five days, you will learn from TWO world-renowned jewelers the fundamentals necessary to start along the road to becoming a mokume gane master! Mokume gane--the technique of making wood grain–patterned metal--can add an incredible depth and beauty to your jewelry that can't be attained any other way. There's no short-cutting the creation of mokume gane and, in this class, you will jump-start your adventures with this technique by studying with Jim Binnion and Chris Ploof, two internationally recognized masters of mokume gane.

Here's what you'll learn in this five-day class! NOTE: We provide all the tools and equipment for use in the class.

How to properly clean and prepare metal for creating mokume gane billets.

• The secrets to preparing and firing a well-bonded billet in a kiln, and how to reduce it to usable stock using hand tools or a hydraulic press.



• Discover what metals bond well with other metals, and what temperatures you should use.

• Which metals are appropriate for mokume gane jewelry projects.

• Discuss patterning, then get hands-on as you use a combination of burs and files, twisting and cutting to pattern your mokume stock.

• How to make a seamless ring, a carved bangle and a matrix die pendant using mokume gane.

• A demonstration of working with Stainless Damascus a mokume gane type material. including soldering, safe etching and patina.     

• Tips on safety and good studio practices from two guys who live at the bench! 

 What you'll take home with you:

• The pieces you make in class.

• A wealth of knowledge and the spark to take your jewelry making skills in new and exciting directions.

After this class, we recommend taking a hydraulic forming class to continue your growth! 

We recommend you bring a comfortable pair of leather work gloves.


Jim Binion: Check out Jim's website

Chris Ploof: Check out Chris's website


Class Schedule


Graduate Bench Jeweler Program12-week intensive program with Blaine Lewis & Drew Hadley

Mar 2-May 22, 2020 - CLASS COMPLETED

Aug 30-Nov 20, 2020 - ENROLLMENT NOW OPEN


Bench Comprehensive5-day workshop with Blaine Lewis & Drew Hadley 

Jan 27-31, 2020 - CLASS COMPLETED

June 1-5, 2020 - CLASS RESCHEDULED - Due To Covid-19

August 3-7, 2020 - CLASS COMPLETED

August 17-21, 2020 - CLASS IS FULL - Please call to be put on waiting list 



Stone Setting Comprehensive: 5-day workshop with Blaine Lewis & Drew Hadley

Feb 3-7, 2020 - CLASS COMPLETED 

Feb 10-14, 2020 - CLASS COMPLETED 

June 8-12, 2020 - CLASS RESCHEDULED - Due To Covid-19

July 6-10, 2020 - CLASS RESCHEDULED - Due To Covid-19

July 13-17, 2020 - CLASS RESCHEDULED - Due To Covid-19

July 20 -24, 2020 w/ Drew Hadley - CLASS COMPLETED

August 10-14, 2020 - 2 BENCHES OPEN    

August 24-28, 2020 - CLASS IS FULL - Please call to be put on waiting list 

Advanced Stone Setting: 5-day advanced workshop with Blaine Lewis & Drew Hadley

 Feb 17-21, 2020 - CLASS COMPLETED 

October 26-30, 2020 - CLASS IS FULL - Please Call To Be Put On Waiting List




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2021 Dates TBD


Coin Ring Making Using Seamless Ring Construction: 3-day Workshop with Jason Stinchfield

2021 Dates TBD


ORNAMENTAL HAND ENGRAVING: 5-day workshop with Jason Marchiafava

May 11-15, 2020CLASS RESCHEDULED - Due To Covid-19



Counter Sketching & Color Rendering5-day workshop with Rémy Rotenier

2021 Dates TBD


Advanced Jewelry Design & Rendering5-day workshop with Rémy Rotenier

2021 Dates TBD


Taking Shape: The Fundamentals & Applications of Chasing & Repoussé: 5-day workshop with Kimberly Vaughn

2021 Dates TBD


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