Gold on Steel
with Bette Barnett
Tuition: $625 + $85 Materials and Lab Fee | Fee paid last day of class | Payment plans available
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. - Bette Barnett
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced
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 dramatic mixed metals jewelry. 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. In addition, the students will learn the process of Keum Boo, patinating, and sealing steel jewelry. Students will be able to complete at least one finished piece of steel/gold jewelry.
Students will learn the techniques required to create jewelry from steel including
- And sealing the steel
*Students are required to have a basic metalworking skill set, 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.
- Alloying metals to be used for gold (fine silver and copper).
- Mild steel sheets (18g and 20g, one 12” x 6” sheet of each). Scraps will also be available.
- 1oz samples of the appropriate flux, pickle and patina for steel.
- Source sheets for purchasing materials and supplies.
- 1” x .5” rectangle of gold foil for Keum Boo
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
Please be informed Creative Side only offers “tuition credit” upon cancellation. Please review our no refund policy before enrolling and agree to the terms. We appreciate your support of our growing community.