Mokumé Gané with Chris Ploof: How to Layer and Pattern Metals plus Jewelry Design Tips

Join Chris Ploof for this in-depth DVD tutorial dedicated to the mokumé gané process. Discover the steps you need to know to successfully create your own mokumé gané billet at home.

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Become a Mokumé Gané Master

Step into expert jeweler and artist Chris Ploof’s studio to learn about the Japanese metalworking craft mokumé gané. Watch as Chris demonstrates all the steps you need to master this complex metalsmithing technique in this detailed 89-minute DVD workshop.

Chris dives into the mokumé gané technique demonstrating the processes you need to know be successful. Ensure steadfast bonding by learning how to effectively twist binding wire, clean metal sheet, and stack your billet. From there, discover the warning signs to be on the lookout for when fusing and refining your billet. With Chris’ industry knowledge and accessible steps, unlock a wealth of information about the mokumé gané process.

Plus, get tips for creating two beautiful mokumé gané patterns to start creating beautiful decorative jewelry designs.

Order your copy of this workshop DVD today to:

  • Start the right way – learn tips for cleaning your metal for successful billet building.
  • Avoid over firing your billet with careful torch maneuvering techniques so your metal doesn’t become a “ruined pile of goo.”
  • Accessibly create mokumé gané at home; discover alternative low tech tools and detailed steps to conquer this technical skill.
  • Learn two different texturing methods for your mokumé gané.
  • Create a billet large enough to yield two mokumé gané rings.
  • And much more!

This essential mokumé gané tutorial is a must have for any metalsmith hoping to successfully executing the complex technique. Easily start and stop when it’s convenient, and reference critical steps multiple times for guaranteed success. Master mokumé gané today and begin creating mokumé gané in your workshop!

About the Author
Chris Ploof is an award-winning master jeweler who has studied with many well-known artists, and apprenticed under a master goldsmith. The Santa Fe Symposium has twice given Chris the Industry Leader Award. His work appears on the cover of Showcase 500 Rings: New Directions in Art Jewelry and in many other publications. When not traveling as a consultant, Chris can be found in his busy Massachusetts studio. Visit


Author/Speaker/Editor: Chris Ploof

File/Trim Size: SD: 828 MB; HD: 3.27 GB

File Type: MP4

Format: Video

ISBN 13: 978-1-62033-622-9

Runtime: 89 minutes

Customer Reviews

Wood Patterned Metal Review by Pamela

What a wonderful introduction to the process of making a billet of Mokume Gane - meaning wood patterned metal in Japanese. Chris' wit and professionalism are a great bonus to viewing this video. His demonstrations and explanations are easy to understand.

(Posted on 5/13/14)

Mokume Gain Review by David

The video was a clear explicit process of creating a billit.
Well illustrated and presented.
Was worth the money, you sure need a lot of tools to produce this type of product!

(Posted on 11/2/13)