Making Magic with Gold on Steel – Etching, Keum Boo, and Fusing
Mar 09th - Mar 13th | 10am to 5pm
Kit Fee: $125 | Materials and Lab Fee | Fee paid last day of class
Some Fabrication and Soldering Skills Required
"This was a highly organized class. Loved Bette's positive, caring, friendly manner. She left us with the tools (literally) and resources needed to continue at home". - Gold on Steel with Bette Barnett
This is a comprehensive class that combines etching steel and silver, Keum Boo, and fusing gold on steel. You will cover the following techniques and skills in this class:
•Working with mild, cold rolled steel including sourcing, cutting, soldering, forming, texturing, patinating and sealing.
•Alloying various karats and colors of gold in preparation for fusing, a skill that can be broadly applied to other metals.
•Heat fusing gold to steel sheet and iron wire. Adaptations for different torches. Managing the fusing process. Trouble shooting.
•Keum Boo on steel. Using the torch and table top kiln to apply gold foil to steel.
•Texturing steel. Hammer and roller patterning steel to add interest to fused pieces.
•Cleaning and prepping steel for etching.
•Chemical and electro-etching steel and silver
•Design possibilities and considerations for etching jewelry.
•Resists used in etching including oil paint pens, rubber stamping, laser printer transfers, adhesive stencils and vinyl resists.
•Mordants for etching including a range of chemical mordants and applications.
•Etching processes, both chemical and electro-etching.
•Etching a heavy steel plate. Creating an etched plate for use as a rolling mill texture plate.
•Options for patination and sealing.
•Hands-on work. Significant time for student hands-on work providing opportunities for exploration and problem solving with coaching from the instructor. Students will be able to complete at least two or more pieces of steel/gold jewelry plus an etched rolling mill plate.
****Students are required to bring 2 dwt (penny weight) of 24K Gold for class. All other materials are included.
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