Steel and Gold…a Love Story with Bette Barnett
Create visually dramatic mixed metals jewelry by learning to how to fuse gold to steel. This three day workshop will cover s a broad range of techniques for creating steel and gold jewelry. Students will learn the basics of working with steel, creating various colors of gold alloys in preparation for fusing, torch fusing gold to steel, and Keum Boo on steel. This workshop will open up a whole new world working with mild steel sheet & wire as you also learn about adding texture, finishing, and enhancing patinas as you create at least two finished pieces of steel/gold jewelry.
Students will be required to bring at least two pennyweight (dwt) of 24k gold casting grains (available from Rio Grande and other vendors). Due to the special nature of this class, students will be asked to bring any hand tools they might need to prepare steel jewelry in class. A detailed list of student tools and supplies will be provided before the workshop. This class is limited to eight students.
October 16 – 18, 2020 10:00 am – 5:00 pm each day
Basic metal working skills are required for this workshop, including sawing, filing, soldering, sanding and finishing techniques. Students should feel reasonably comfortable using a gas torch. (Ages 18 and up)
Class Fee: $775 Materials Fee: $45 payable to the instructor at the beginning of class.
Instructor: *visiting artist* Bette Barnett
Please note our *visiting artist* registration policy for this workshop. Registration & Refund Policies
Save 5% on your class fee when you register and pay in full by August 16.
Please note: Images for this workshop are provided by the instructor, and represent the projects and techniques taught. Student results may vary depending on student skill level, and design ideas employed by the student.
Since 2013 visiting artist 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. Bette participates in a number of art shows annually and her work is shown at Sparks Gallery in San Diego. She teaches private lessons (both virtually and live) in her San Diego studio and offers group lessons throughout the U.S. studiomigoto.com