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.
Basic metalsmithing, including soldering, sawing, sanding, filing and finishing.
Workshop Fee: $475
Materials Fee: $65
(taxable and payable at the time of the workshop)
Please note: in addition to this materials fee, you will need to bring
two (2) pennyweight (dwt) of 24k gold casting grain
November 30 – December 2, 2018
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
9:30 am – 5:00 pm daily
Reserve your spot by paying in full or making a non-refundable deposit now
and paying the remainder by October 15, 2018
(We’ll send you a separate invoice for the balance and you can pay securely online at your convenience!)
Please be sure to read our Terms and Conditions before registering!
Note: We recommend bringing your own eye magnification to help you see as clearly as possible while working. Because these needs are so personal, it’s impossible for us to have the right thing on hand for every student. Need help with this? Call the studio or send us an email!
ABOUT BETTE BARNETT
Since 2013 Bette Barnett has devoted her work to exploring and experimenting with gold and steel jewelry. Beginning her jewelry career in 2010, Bette learned basic skills through private and group lessons with seasoned jewelers and teachers. In 2013, Bette began studying the steel/gold processes and continued with advanced workshops with the late Chris Nelson, whose explorations of ancient Japanese techniques were instrumental in launching widespread interest in applying fine gold and silver to iron and other non-precious metals. She has built on those studies by perfecting additional techniques and processes, including Keum Boo and galvanic etching of steel. Currently she is developing processes to fuse fine silver to steel.
Before beginning her career as a jeweler/instructor, Bette gained her teaching credentials through her background as a corporate communication consultant. In her former career, Bette provided extensive training services to the employees of client companies thus fine tuning her instructional capabilities.
Bette participates in a number of art shows annually and her work is shown at Sparks Gallery, a prestigious venue in the Gaslamp District of San Diego. She teaches private lessons in her San Diego studio and offers group lessons throughout the U.S. Her most recent workshops in Long Beach, CA filled so rapidly that additional dates were opened because of the demand.