April Bower | Mokume Gane Fold Over Earrings | Tuesday, February 5, 2019 | 9 am until 4 pm


Learn about how to use Mokume Gane’  (a layered wood grain patterned metal) and experiment with patterning.

” Mokume” is an art form in itself requiring serious equipment and years of study, but you can take advantage of the pre-manufactured  metal available thru suppliers  Rio Grande and Reactive Metals to create luscious pieces of jewelry. Learn some tricks and tips to be successful with this metal. Make a pair of earrings  and experiment on patterning your own billet of Mokume Gane’ to make  your own unique patterned sheet that can be used to create some things at your home studio .

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Instructor: April Bower

Date of Class: 02/05/2019

Time: 9 am until 4 pm

Class Fee: $165

Level: should have basic sawing and soldering skills

Type: Techniques-Oriented

Kit Fee: $69 (payable to instructor at class time)

Kit Fee Includes

for 1″x1″  mokume gane sheet

copper rod


1/2x 1″ unpatterned billet

Instructor will have the following for use in class

Rolling mills and flex shafts

belt sander and grinders




Chemicals to etch  and patina to finish.

Student Supply List

clamp on bench pin

a few needle files

sanding sticks

safety glasses

optivisor or reading glasses. ( if you can’t see well you will not be successful making jewelry)

Optional Supply List

jewelers saw and #03 or #04 blades

hand files

round nose pliers ( or round / flat combo pliers, chain nose pliers

flexshaft or Dremel   so you don’t have to share, grinding burs and wheels to pattern billets ( I’ll have some to share)

separating discs & mandrels

Work light and extension cord

Additional Class Comments

if you don’t want to experiment patterning your own mokume billet, you may make a 2nd piece of jewelry

Instructor Email Address: AprilBowerJewelry@gmail.com

Instructor Website: AprilBower.com



Many of our students have asked us to help streamline the process of gathering their supplies and tools for classes, and we have come up with a way we think will work for you.

SJ Jewelry Supply in Phoenix is owned and operated by a wonderful family, headed by Mario Morales. His wife, Erika, and son, Steven, round out the staff, and they are excited to help make gathering your supplies easy and stress free. We guarantee they will make life easier for you! No kidding!

Here’s how it will work….

  • Once you have determined what you will need for each class, send an email with your request for products and/or tools to SJ Jewelry Supply
    • Go to our website, open the class description for each of the classes in which you are enrolled, scroll down to the section “Student Supplies,” cut and paste the items you want to purchase into an email to Mario.
    • Here’s their email address mailto:info@sjjewelrysupply.com
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    • In this email, they will instruct you about payment methods 
  • Once your order is filled, they will send you a second email with confirmation stating your order is complete
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Sound easy? We think it’s going to help take the stress out of preparing for classes!