Class 2. Fusing gold and other metals to mesh

Online

$200.00

$200, discounted for multiple classes

August 6-7, 2023

Day 1 9 a.m. - 1 p.m PDT -- Instruction, demos, discussion and hands-on work. Day 2; 3-4 p.m. PDT--Troubleshooting, sharing work and discussion.

Note: Class 1 is a prerequisite. Steel mesh is fabulous on its own. But, like a fine wine, fusing gold or other glittery metals to steel mesh increases its sex appeal significantly.

You will learn to:

  • Enhance design. Using fused metals to enhance design.
  • Prepare. Preparing mesh and non-ferrous metals for fusing.
  • Fuse gold and other metals to mesh. Fusing pallions and metal powder: gold, copper, silver and shibuichi.
  • Clean fused work. Removing scale and oxidation.
  • Patinate and seal your work. Flame and chemical patinas.  Oil and lacquer sealers.

Skill level

Students should be comfortable using a torch and should possess basic metal working skills, such as sawing, filing and forming.  Students should be knowledgeable about safe practices in a jewelry studio.

Kit

$40 including shipping USPS flat rate envelope. The kit cost will be added when you register for a class.  For U.S. students, kits will be shipped approximately at least one week before the class start. For non-U.S. students the timing and shipping cost will be based on location.
  • 3 pieces of woven steel mesh 6” x 12”
  • 1 piece of 20g steel sheet 6” x 12”

Student-provided Supplies

Note that the sources shown are merely examples. Many different vendors can be sourced for these products. In addition to the general list for tools and supplies needed for working with steel (see “Basic Tools and Supplies” PDF), you will need to provide the following supplies, materials and tools for this class:
  • At least one inch of 14k, 18k or 20k gold wire, 16 gauge. Rio Grande or other metal supply vendors
  • At least two inches of Argentium or fine silver wire or a small piece of sheet (any gauge)
  • Copper scrap
  • Soft silicon wheel such as a Shofu Wheel (fine, flat edge). Rio Grande
  • Your choice of clear Metal Wax from Sculpt Nouveau OR Bowling Alley Wax from Amazon
  • Optional Patina. Either gun bluing Oxpho Blue Brownells or Presto-black PC9 Sculpt Nouveau

Basic Tools & Supplies

For supplies, materials and tools that you will need to provide for all classes, please refer to the basic list for tools and supplies needed for working with steel in the pdf below. As with the list of class-specific supplies (above), many of these are items that you may have on hand. Note that the sources shown are merely examples. Many different vendors can be sourced for these products.

Basic Tools and Supplies for Working with Steel »

Cost savings if multiple classes are chosen: Basic Class only: $200 (+ $40 kit) =$240 Basic Class plus one other class = $360 (+ $80 for two kits) =$440 All three classes = $480 (+ $120 for three kits) = $600

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