Steel and Gold: A Beautiful Marriage
Two Class Options!
Register for One or Both Classes


Register for either one or both of these live online workshops. Enjoy a cost savings by choosing both classes.

Class 1: Fusing Gold and Other Metals to Steel
Sept. 17

Class 2: Keum Boo/Eun Boo on Steel      Sept. 24

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This choice of two class options gives you the chance to home in on the exact techniques you want to learn. You can choose to take a single workshop or both, depending on your preferences.

 

Sign up for one class.                                                             $120   
Sign up for both classes.                                                         $220

 

Even if you haven't worked with steel, these classes will give you the basics. Regardless of the option you choose, you will have access to pre-class and post-class tutorials at no additional charge: 

  • Pre-class tutorials: Basics of working with steel, including sourcing, shearing, sawing, texturing, soldering and forming. 

  • Post-class tutorials: Patination and sealing of steel jewelry, including a wide range of different patinas 

The workshops will be conducted on two consecutive Saturdays, Sept. 17 and 24, 10 am-12 pm PST plus an open studio session each Sunday at 3 pm PST the day after class. 

Class 1 Fusing Gold and Other Metals to Steel
Saturday Sept. 17, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. PST
Open Studio Sunday Sept. 18 3 pm PST

 

Steel has a melting temperature that is much higher than most non-ferrous metals. This characteristic makes steel ideal for fusing non-ferrous metals to it.  Fusing gold and other non-ferrous metals to steel takes it to higher level and results in jewelry that has a modern, gritty edge yet feels ancient and rich. 

 

In this workshop, you will learn how to fuse gold and other metals, such as argentium and copper, to steel. We will cover how to prepare the metals, set up the torch station for the fusing process and adapting the technique for different torches and gases. In addition, you will learn how to fuse different types of metals to steel, including gold and its alloys, copper and argentium. You’ll learn how to manage the flow of fused gold and other alloys across the steel and layer different fused metals. As an added technique, you will learn how to fuse powdered silver to steel.

 

 

Class 2 Keum Boo/Eun Boo on Steel
Saturday Sept. 24, 10 a.m.-12p.m. PST
Open Studio Sunday Sept. 25 3 pm PST
 

The ancient art of Keum Boo — bonding fine gold foil to silver—works brilliantly on steel. In addition, the foil can be gold or silver, which bonds beautifully to steel and offers a low-cost alternative to gold. As an added bonus, the patinas that darken steel leave the shine of the gold and silver virtually untouched, so the contrast with steel is extra vibrant. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to create jewelry with beautiful Keum Boo on steel including:

  • Prepping steel for Keum Boo (hint: no depletion gilding is required as with silver).

  • Handling and cutting original designs in the delicate foil, including tools and techniques to help refine your patterns.

  • Bonding silver and gold foil to steel using a torch or a tabletop kiln.

  • Choosing and using the right tools (burnishers and brushes) to bond the foil firmly.

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Whether or not you have experience with Keum Boo, this workshop offers brand new techniques on steel. You’ll create at least one finished piece of jewelry with Keum Boo in this fast-paced and creative workshop. Click on a button to send me an email registering you for your choice of class.
 

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

 

Class 1 or Both Classes -- U.S. students Sept. 2

Class 2 -- U.S. Students Sept. 16

For non-U.S. students, registrations will be accepted until these dates, but the kits may not arrive before the class. 

Class recordings will be available for 30 days after the workshop.


Kit

Class 1: Fusing Metals to Steel $25 plus shipping*
Two sheets of mild steel sheet—20-gauge, 5” x 8”
Argentium wire 1” of 14g
Copper sheet 4” square piece of 36g sheet

Powdered fine silver (small container)

 

Class 2: Keum Boo/Eun Boo on Steel $65 plus shipping*
One mild steel sheet—20-gauge, 5” x 8”
24k gold foil 2” x 2” sheet—highest quality foil
Japanese silver foil 4” square sheet

 

*Shipping will be $8.45 USPS flat rate envelope and will be combined if you register for both classes.

 

Key Dates
 

Sept. 10 Link to pre-class tutorials emailed to registrants in both classes
Sept. 17 10 am-12 pm PST Class One Fusing Metals to Steel
Sept. 18 3 pm Open Studio for Class One
Sept. 19 Link to post-class tutorials emailed to registrants in Class One
Sept. 24 10 am-12 pm PST Class Two Keum Boo/Eun Boo on Steel
Sept. 25 3 pm Open Studio for Class Two
Sept. 26 Link to post-class tutorials emailed to registrants in Class Two    
 

Student Supplies


Below is a list of the tools and supplies you will need for each class.

 

Class 1. Fusing Metals to Steel

  • At least one inch of 14k, 18k or 20k gold wire, 14 gauge, available from Rio Grande or other metal suppliers

  • Torch—dual gas or air/acetylene, available from Rio Grande or any jewelry supply provider

  • Fire bricks, soldering pad or charcoal blocks

  • Third hand

  • Separate pickle pot for ferrous metals—any pickle will work but I prefer sodium bisulfate (PhDown)—available from Amazon or swimming pool supply shops

  • Brass or steel scrub brush

  • Jeweler saw frame and blades (3/0 and 4/0)—available from Rio Grande or other jeweler suppliers

  • Soft silicon wheel such as a Shofu Wheel (fine, flat edge)

  • Patina: either gun bluing (Oxpho Blue from Amazon or Presto-black PC9 from Sculpt Nouveau)

  • OPTIONAL—Japanese Brown patina from Sculpt Nouveau

  • OPTIONAL—Solvent dye patina from Sculpt Nouveau (your choice from selection of colors)

 

Class 2: Keum Boo/Eun Boo on Steel

  • Torch—any torch will work including butane torches

  • Two fire bricks to support the metal while burnishing the foil

  • Separate pickle pot for ferrous metals—any pickle will work but I prefer sodium bisulfate (PhDown)—available from Amazon or swimming pool supply shops

  • Burnishers—any style (at least two) available from Rio Grande or other jeweler suppliers

  • Sharp hand shears (such as Joyce Chen)—available from Amazon

  • Tracing paper—available from Amazon or Michaels

  • Pencil and eraser

  • Separate pickle pot for ferrous metals—any pickle will work but I prefer sodium bisulfate (PhDown)—available from Amazon or swimming pool supply shops

  • Soft scrub brush (such as an old toothbrush)

  • Jeweler saw frame and blades (3/0 and 4/0)

  • Soft silicon wheel such as a Shofu Wheel (fine, flat edge)

  • Patina: either gun bluing (Oxpho Blue from Amazon) or Presto-black PC9 from Sculpt Nouveau

  • OPTIONAL—Beehive Ultralite Kiln, available from Allcraft (Note that Allcraft provides a special package for my students that includes the kiln, burnisher, silver foil and a discount on gold foil. Call Tevel at xxx-xxx-xxxx for more information.)

  • OPTIONAL—Japanese Brown patina from Sculpt Nouveau

  • OPTIONAL—Solvent dye patina from Sculpt Nouveau (your choice from selection of colors)

 

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations before the registration deadline 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.

Click on a button to send an email to me registering you for your choice.