Mikana bowls

Mokume gane is a high value, decorative laminate material used in the jewellery industry. Production of mokume gane is difficult and expensive at both small scale and industrial levels. This research investigates a novel method for producing a mixed metal composite material, similar to mokume gane.

The technique avoids many of the problems experienced in standard mokume gane production, such as melting or lack of bonding. It is possible to manufacture both small customized ingots, and to mass produce large sheets up to several square meters in size.

This project has been supported by funding from the Art and Design Research Centre at Sheffield Hallam Univerity; Rotary Engineering UK(Sheffield); Innovate UK, Technology Strategy Board; and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.

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