Steel and Gold—Making Magic with Mixed Metals with Bette Barnett (Online)

  • Monday, August 24, 2020
  • Friday, August 28, 2020
  • 5 sessions
  • Monday, August 24, 2020, 10:00 AM 12:00 PM (PDT)
  • Tuesday, August 25, 2020, 10:00 AM 12:00 PM (PDT)
  • Wednesday, August 26, 2020, 10:00 AM 12:00 PM (PDT)
  • Thursday, August 27, 2020, 10:00 AM 12:00 PM (PDT)
  • Friday, August 28, 2020, 10:00 AM 12:00 PM (PDT)
  • Jewelry Zoom Room, Class Code JE082420BB
  • 5


  • $424 + $60 materials fee
  • $326 + $60 materials fee

    Please note that registration will close on August 14th to allow time to mail kits to students.

Registration is closed

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.

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