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Something New! Fusing Powdered Metals to Steel
Live Online Class with Bette Barnett May 17-20

Workshop fee $395 

Kit is $65 plus shipping

Please note, this class requires a kit of supplies which must be purchased at time of registration.


We're all familiar with baby powder, powdered sugar and powdery snow. But did you know that metals also come in powdered form? It’s true, most metals are available as powders—brass, bronzes, copper, even gold and silver for example. In addition, metals can be converted into a fine powder by grinding or filing. When these powdered metals are fused to steel, that’s when the magic happens. Powdered metals fuse beautifully to steel and most flow to create an even shimmery veil. In this workshop, you’ll learn all about fusing metal powders to steel to create high-impact mixed metals steel jewelry.


What You’ll Learn in This Workshop
Powdered metals take the fusing technique to a finer level by providing more control of the process and flexibility in the effects. In this techniques-focused workshop, we will explore the exciting world of fusing powdered gold and other metals to steel. The workshop will be packed full of information, hands-on skill building and fun. You’ll learn to:

 

  • Work with mild steel sheet and wire. The basics of cutting, forming, texturing, soldering and polishing steel.

  • Create metal filings/dust in preparation for fusing to steel. Create your own powdered gold using a flex shaft and grinding wheel.

  • Fuse gold and other powdered metals to steel. Fuse gold as well as commercially available powdered metals to steel, including silver, bronzes, copper and brass.

  • Work with steel wire and perforated steel sheet. Learn to design jewelry with wire and perforated steel, including special considerations, such as finishing edges and creating bezels.

 

  • Fuse powdered metals to perforated steel sheet and steel wire. Techniques involved to fuse powdered metals to alternative forms of steel and explore design considerations.

  • Patinate steel mixed metals jewelry. Learn how different patinas affect the metals and how to use those to create dramatic effects.

  • Seal your steel jewelry. Learn various methods to seal your steel jewelry to preserve and protect its beauty.


During the workshop, you’ll have time to create at least two pieces of steel jewelry with fused metal powders.


Skill Level
Students will need to have competent metal working skills, including cutting, sawing, filing, sanding and forming. In addition, students need to be comfortable using a jeweler’s torch (either a dual gas or an acetylene air).


Registration Deadline

May 6, 2021 for U.S. students
April 19, 2021 for non-U.S. students (Note that shipping of kits may be limited for certain locations.)


Kit

$65 plus $8.45 shipping within the U.S.
For U.S. students, kits will be shipped approximately ten days before the class starts for U.S. For non-U.S. students the timing and shipping cost will be based on location.


The kits will contain:

  • Steel sheets 3 4” x 6” sheets, 20g

  • Perforated steel sheet 2 3”x6” sheets

  • Powdered metals (small containers of powdered silver, copper, brass, and white bronze)

  • Black annealed steel wire—1 foot of 10g, 2 feet of16g

  • Samples of flux, Sparex No. 1 and Clear Wax

  • Small jar for gold dust

  • Brass scratch brush

  • 3M mesh scrub pad

  • Cheese cloth

  • Handouts (Patterns for two class projects, course presentation handouts, and source sheets for purchasing materials and supplies)

 

Student Supplies

Please click here for a list of the tools and supplies that you will need to provide for the workshop.

 

Workshop Format

  • Four consecutive days, May 17-20, Monday-Thursday.

    • Session 1—Basics of working with steel including texturing, forming and soldering; steel sheet and wire

    • Session 2—Grinding gold and silver powders; fusing powders to steel

    • Session 3—Fusing metal powders to perforated steel sheet and steel wire

    • Session 4—Patinating and sealing steel jewelry

  • Schedule each day:

    • 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. PST Formal class consisting of a mix of lecture, pre-recorded demo videos, class discussion and an assignment

    • 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. PST Individual studio time to work on your own

    • 3 -- 4 p.m. PST Open studio to discuss progress, ask questions and troubleshoot


Class recording and demo videos will be available for two weeks after the class.


Cancellation Policy
Cancellations before the registration will be accepted. If the seat can be filled a full refund will be provided; otherwise 50% of the fee will be refunded.  Cancellations will not be refunded after the registration deadline.