Gold on Steel with Bette Barnett

Friday - Sunday, April 5-7, 10-6p

Intermediate to Advanced*

Steel is an amazing metal -- strong, lightweight and malleable. One of the most appealing characteristics of steel is its affinity for gold. Simply put, steel “loves” gold.

Marrying steel with gold results in dramatic mixed metals jewelry that responds to today’s modern aesthetic for work that is bold yet maintains a richness. Learn from a master who has devoted her work to exploring and experimenting with gold and steel jewelry. 

In this class students will learn how to fuse steel and gold to create mixed metals jewelry with strong contrast and added drama. This class provides a broad exposure to all techniques required to work with steel and gold, including the basics of working with mild (cold rolled) steel and torch and heat fusing gold to steel. Students will learn how to create various carats and colors of gold alloys for the fusing process. In addition, the students will learn the process of Keum Boo, patinating, and sealing steel jewelry. Texturing will be addressed including hammering and rolling mill textures. Many of these texturing and other techniques will be applicable to other metals.


  • Students will learn the techniques required to create jewelry from steel including
  • -sourcing
  • -cutting
  • -forming
  • -texturing
  • -patinating
  • -and sealing the steel

*Recommended to have basic metalworking skill sets, including sawing, filing, soldering, sanding and finishing techniques. In addition, students should come prepared with a well thought out, yet simple design concept in mind for one or two pieces of steel and fused gold jewelry.

Complete at least one finished piece of steel/gold jewelry and leave with extra material to work with at home.Pus, leave class having enhanced a design aesthetic and understanding of how to apply them to new metals. 



Students will be required to bring at least two pennyweight (dwt) of 24k gold casting grains (available from Rio Grande and other vendors). Call the studio ahead of time if you have questions about ordering gold and we will help guide you. 512-799-0731

If you would like to ship materials, please label the box with your name and the class you are attending and ship to:
Creative Side Jewelry Academy
321 W. Ben White Blvd Ste#204
Austin, TX 78704


Tuition: 625.00 + $85 Materials and Lab Fee | Fee paid last day of class | Payment plans available

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