This brooch by France’s Isabelle Chatelain speaks to me and it’s too delicious to just let it float by on Flickr. Let’s grab it and mull it over for a Friday minute.

The repeating circle patterns both change and stay the same. This is polymer mokume gane at its best and the color combination shows off the pattern nicely. It hints at Moorish mosaics and Byzantine ceilings.

Chatelain on PCDaily

Isabelle mixes bits of this design into other brooches. Her ability to assemble compositions from small chunks of mokume gane plus textures and colored shapes is remarkable. Yummy.

Find more on Facebook and in her online shop. Isabelle also teaches on CraftArtEdu.

  • reply Kni ,

    This is something! I’ve been following Isabelle on flickr, but somehow haven’t seen this. Amazing!

    • reply Line ,

      That is outstanding mg. Wow!

      • reply Sherry Bailey ,

        NO! I do NOT believe that is mokume gane!!! (But it IS fantastic!!!)

        • reply Karen Brueggemann ,

          I have done lots of mokume gane and in my opinion, this most certainly could be mokume gane. What other method could it be? It is a most wonderful example, I might add. Love the colors too!

          • reply Fiona Abel-Smith ,

            Love it – makes me want to go and practice my Mokume Gane techniques, I keep gazing at it and seeing all the different circles appear. Wonderful.

            • reply Sue Ellen ,

              Love the colors AND technique…very unique!

              • reply Tory Hughes ,

                Very nicely done. My goodness, that is a treat, Isabelle, and thanks for posting it Cynthia! Definitely Mokume, and a very nice hand with controlling the polymer, and letting a bit of looseness come in to enhance the pattern. Yes!

                • reply Jeanne Dumond ,

                  OK maybe I don’t do a lot of mokume gane, but the brooch on the upper right looks to me like a repetitive cane pattern and the brooch on the bottom left looks like it could be mokume gane, but it also could be almost any technique with a cane slice from the other brooch on the bottom. Looked on her Flicker site to see if she identified the technique. However maybe I am just looking at the wrong picture? Both are very nice and I love the color combos with the black, white, grey and gold. Would look good with a variety of colors.

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                    • reply LaLa Ortiz ,

                      Thank you so much for sharing the work of Isabelle Chatelain. Just WOW! I’m so glad that I scrolled back to see what I have missed!

                      • reply Claire ,

                        Isabelle est une fille formidable !!

                        • reply Cynthia ,

                          Hi Cynthia! I have been following your work and posts for years. I am currently making polymer clay art for family. Could you send me an invite to IPCA facebook group?
                          Thank You for all of your insights and inspiration!

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