Mokume gane with metalMokume is a mixed-metal laminate with distinctive layered patterns. Literally translating as "wood eye (i.e., burl) metal".
In the case of "mini-mokume-gane", a technique demonstrated in an online tutorial on Polymer Clay Central, several layers of clay are layered, run through a pasta machine, stacked, run through a pasta machine, stacked again, and run through a pasta machine once again.
A texture plate is then impressed in the resulting stacked sheet. I prefer to lay a clear texture sheet misted with water on top of the layers and roll over it with a brayer, because I feel like I have more control over it than if I were to place the texture sheet and layers back through the pasta machine.
I went through a little "mini-mokume-gane" frenzy a few weeks ago, and thus have a bowl of beads and pendants waiting to be sanded and buffed. Here is one of those beads I finally got finished up today:
This stack had, I believe, yellow, metallic green, metallic fuschia, blue and black. As a result, some mica shift is evident in the dots. I love it!