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 and gold results in dramatic mixed metals jewelry that responds to today’s modern aesthetic for work that ranges from bold and rich to gritty and rustic.
In this three-day workshop, jewelry artist Bette Barnett will give us an overview of the basics of working with steel and heat fusing gold to steel. We’ll learn how to work with mild (cold rolled) steel, and the best techniques and information for creating jewelry from steel, including sourcing, cutting, forming, texturing, finishing, patinating and sealing the steel. We will have ample time to test our new knowledge, including alloying and rolling our own gold, torch-fusing gold to steel, applying gold to steel using the Keum Boo technique, and techniques for patinating and sealing our steel jewelry. We’ll leave with at least one finished piece of steel and gold jewelry, as well as component pieces we can use later.
For this workshop, all tools and materials are included in the workshop fee except the gold. You’ll need to bring two (2) pennyweight (dwt) of 24k gold casting grain available from Rio Grande and other suppliers.