Jewelry Classes

    • Monday, August 24, 2020
    • (PDT)
    • Friday, August 28, 2020
    • (PDT)
    • 5 sessions
    • Jewelry Zoom Room, Class Code JE082420BB
    • 11

    Please note that registration for this event will close on August 14th.

    In this online live workshop, students will learn how to create dramatic mixed metals jewelry by fusing gold to steel. The workshop consists of five two-hour online sessions from 10 a.m. to 12:00 pm (PDT) featuring instructor interaction, recorded demonstrations and group discussion.

    After each class you will have an assignment and time to work on your own. In addition, after each day’s class, there will be an optional online “open studio” session to ask questions of the instructor and discuss your progress. During the class you will complete at least two different pieces of steel and gold jewelry.

    Topics covered in the workshop:

    • Working with mild, cold rolled steel including sourcing, cutting, soldering and forming.
    • Hammer and roller patterning steel to add interest to fused pieces.
    • Preparing steel for fusing
    • Alloying gold in preparation for fusing
    • Fusing gold to steel sheet and heavy wire
    • Trouble shooting the fusing process
    • Patinating and sealing steel jewelry

    Class Schedule:

    Session 1: Working with steel

    Session 2: Alloying gold and preparing it for fusing

    Session 3: Fusing gold to steel sheet and wire

    Session 4: Forming and soldering steel

    Session 5: Patinating and sealing steel jewelry

    Experience Level: This workshop is intended for students who have some experience working with a jewelers torch and performing basic metalworking techniques, such as soldering, forming, sawing end texturing.

    Important Details:

    • Materials Fee: A kit will be provided for students at a cost of $60 and is included in the price of class. The kits will be shipped in advance by flat rate priority mail. Please be sure to fill out your mailing address when registering.

      The kit will include the following materials and supplies needed for the class:
    1. Steel — two sheets of mild steel 6” x 6”, 20g and 18g
    2. Steel wire — 1 foot long, 10g
    3. Copper — 3” x 1” 30g
    4. Fine silver casting grains - .25 oz • Samples of flux, Sparex No. 1 and Clear Wax
    5. Small jars for gold and copper pallions
    6. Brass scratch brush
    7. 3M mesh scrub pad
    8. Cheese cloth
    9. Class handout (including project patterns and source sheet)
    • A link will be emailed to you to join this Zoom online event. Please watch for this email.
    • Please click here to see the supply list students will need to have on hand.
    • As long as BARN gets approved for Phase 3, students will have the opportunity to come into the Jewelry Studio (4 max at a time) to work on their project. Open Studio sessions will be 1 pm - 4 pm and 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm during the week of this class.

    Instructor: Bette Barnett has devoted her work to exploring and experimenting with steel and gold. Bette began her jewelry career in 2010 and subsequently studied with the late Chris Nelson through his advanced workshops in fusing gold to steel. Since then Bette has perfected additional techniques and processes for steel, including Keum Boo on steel, iron wire fused with gold, alternative alloys for fusing such as shibuichi and shakudo, etching steel and fusing gold to non-traditional mild steel forms, such as mesh and perforated sheet. In recognition of her work, the Santa Fe Symposium has selected Bette to create a research paper on steel jewelry and present it during the 2020 Symposium Conference. She has also published articles on steel and gold jewelry in Lapidary Journal: Jewelry Artist.

    Bette honed her teaching skills during her former career as a corporate communication consultant by providing extensive training services to the employees some of the largest companies in the world. She continually uses feedback from student surveys and hosting studios to refine her workshop offerings.

    • Wednesday, October 28, 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (PDT)
    • BARN Small Classroom, Class Code: WO102820MG
    • 1
    The first step in designing and making any object is translating the idea into a two-dimensional plan, and that starts with a drawing. In this class, you will learn how to add one- and two-point perspective to sketches as you experiment with different design ideas and settle on a final plan.

    This class is for beginners and people who want to revisit their drawing skills.  This class will be useful to you whatever your discipline.  


    • Ages 14+ are welcome.

    Instructor: Michael Gunderson moved to Bainbridge after a thirty-plus year career in California Public education.  His degree is in the arts and has taught classes in art, jewelry, ceramics and the trades, as well as serving as an activities and athletic director.  He has always found a great pleasure in communicating with young people.

    He thinks of himself as a person who solves visual problems.  He proposes a situation and looks to openly create a visual answer, whether it be paint, wood or combinations of media. He is not political in his work - not even angry. He's looking for the fun and the whacky.

    • Friday, November 20, 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 11:30 PM (PST)
    • BARN Wide Event

    BARN will be closed and the front and back doors locked down to both Members and Non-Members beginning at 7:00 PM on Friday night as we begin preparations for the Bazaar at BARN.

    Doors will reopen to all on Saturday, at 8:00 AM.

    If you have questions, please contact Carla our Membership Coordinator at

    • Saturday, November 21, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM (PST)
    • BARN wide event- No classes scheduled
    The BARN Bazaar is a new Bainbridge Island holiday tradition featuring a wide variety of art, crafts, and artisan foods, all made by hand. Buy direct from the maker at this annual celebration of the creativity that happens all year round at BARN. From jewelry to wood arts, basketry to weaving, you’ll find an unmatched selection of original handmade items.

    Kick off the holidays in homegrown style. Join us for a day of shopping, food, and community!

    BARN members wishing to participate in this event must be a member for a minimum of 3 months (must join by August 31st) to participate. You can contact Carla Mackey at for an application which will be available TBD.

    • Monday, February 22, 2021
    • (PST)
    • Wednesday, February 24, 2021
    • (PST)
    • 2 sessions
    • BARN Small Classroom, Class Code: JE022221AV
    • 2

    Have you ever built a project and then been disappointed by the design result? By making quick, easy scaled models first, you can play around with different design solutions and settle on one that incorporates your favorite elements — before you embark on building the full-size project in wood, metal or other materials. Scaled models are also useful for artists working on projects such as books with popup or fold-out elements.

    Designing anything in three dimensions really benefits from using three-dimensional models. In this two-session class, you will learn how to build scaled physical models that are classic 3-D design aids. You'll be working mostly with paper, card stock and basswood, and you will be encouraged to modify your models as you experiment with design and technique.

    This two session class covers:

    • tools and materials that professional modelmakers use.
    • how to choose the appropriate scale for your model, and why it's sometimes useful to scale up a model (if your ultimate project is small, such as a ring) as well as to scale down (if you are designing something big, such as a table).
    • tools useful for ensuring accurate models.
    • techniques for cutting, assembling and modifying accurate models.

    At the first session, you will learn about the tools and materials and make a simple model of a project suggested by the instructor. At the second session, you will make models and experiment with design options for a project of your own choosing. The overriding principle is to have fun both in making models as well as discovering how to further refine your design.


    • Ages 14+ are welcome.
    • The materials fee includes the cost of an architect's scale, which you will be able to take home and use for future models.

    Instructor: Alec Vassiliadis studied models from a very young age. He built  lots of scale models of planes, cars and boats, and painted, altered and sometimes destroyed them. "So, naturally, I gravitated to architectural school, where I excelled at building models," he said. After working as an architect for about a year, he gave up on paper as a medium of design and fell back into building models. It did not take long before he was turning his life passion into a profession. He has been building models for architects and industrial designers for the past 40 years.

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