Mokumé gane, is a technique that comes to us from Japanese sword makers. Mokumé gane means wood-grain metal, a term that describes the appearance of the metal once it has been patterned. To create a mokumé piece, I kiln-fuse layers of differently colored metals to form a solid billet. Then, the billet is forged and rolled to reduce its thickness. Once the desired thickness is reached, I pattern the sheet . This patterned, sheet is used to make jewelry.
Keum-boo is a Korean technique, that translates to “gold added.” The Keum-boo technique creates a diffusion bond between thin 24K gold foil and the base metal, sterling silver.
Hoffmaster Metalcraft is the website contact for jewelry made by Debra Hoffmaster.
In making and designing jewelry, I try to highlight the gemstones and the metalwork to create an integrated piece. In addition to mokume-gane and keum-boo, I may use piercing, folding, fusing, and forging to give surface texture to the jewelry. I add color with patinas, anodizing and epoxy enamels. My love of nature is apparent in many designs, but especially my labradorite "story" pendants, fish and leaf series. Function is also important to me. I like all of my pieces to be as pleasant to wear as they are to view.
I am a member of the Michigan Silversmith's Guild and an exhibiting member of the Guild of Artists and Artisans . My articles on jewelry fabrication may be found in Lapidary Journal/Jewelry Artist.
Hoffmaster Metalcraft can be found at fine art fairs in the Northwest Ohio/Southeast Michigan region.
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