the magic of steel & gold
Steel opens a door to uninhibited expression in jewelry creations, allowing the creator to offer wearable art that is less constrained than that of precious metals. As an artist, one becomes lured by steel, explores a grittier aspect of jewelry, taking the most humble material and applying vision, design with execution to create art. Fusing gold to steel takes the work to another level entirely. The counterpoint of gold’s golden-yellow glow against the jet black of patinated steel sets off some sort of primal, internal whisper, a voice that murmurs, “Yes, this is it. This is the perfect tension, the ultimate balance.”
join bette barnett for classes
Learn how to create dramatic Steel and Gold jewelry through workshops and private lessons. You'll receive hands-on experience with steel including sourcing, cutting, forming, texturing, patinating and finishing. Workshops focus on alloying gold, fusing it to steel and bonding it to steel using the Keum Boo technique.
Best of all, you don't need advanced skills to learn the techniques. As long as you're comfortable with a torch, you're good to go.