Layered Metal Double Feature: Damascus and Mokume

Course Description

About this course

In this double feature workshop, we will immerse ourselves in two distinctly different types of layered metals: Mokume Gane and Damascus Steel (also known as “pattern welded steel.”). Students will be provided pre-laminated material in the form of a quarter inch mokume rod and sections of a pre-patterned damascus steel billet. We will cut, facet, polish, and etch the steel into cabochons, and then twist, forge, and turn the mokume into rings. Students will have the option to then use these together to create a stunning ring of many layers.

Meet the Instructor

William Vanaria

William Vanaria is a Massachusetts based artist with a penchant for oddball materials. His work utilizes traditional metalsmithing techniques and a wide verity of non-traditional materials to produce jewelry which both questions and comments on notions of romanticism, value, fakery, and the hierarchy of materials present within modern day consumer culture. Through his work he pushes for a broader system of value which has been formulated though experience, consideration, and critical thinking.

William received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design with a concentration in "Jewelry & Metalsmithing" in 2012. Afterwards, he spent time working within the jewelry industry and volunteering as a teacher's assistant for various art institutions. He found that the latter was much more fulfilling, so he went on to further his education within the arts and to pursue a career in teaching. William received his Masters of Fine Arts degree from the University of Massachusetts: Dartmouth in 2016; once again with a concentration in "Jewelry & Metalsmithing."


Materials & Tools 

There is a $90 materials fee for this course payable upon registration. Kit fee covers sterling silver sheet, fine silver bezel wire, mokume gane billet, damascus steel, mill file, assorted sandpapers, polishing stones, and other miscellaneous items. 

Students should bring 
  • closed-toe shoes - required in the Metalwerx Studio
  • fine tipped permanent marker
  • sketch book and writing utensil



Materials Cost



William Vanaria


November 19 -21, 2021


10:00 AM -5:00 PM


3 days

Intermediate and above
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