Silver + Steel = Mixed Metals Magic
Live Online Workshop with Bette Barnett Friday, September 24 – Sunday, September 26, 2021
Steel is a fabulous metal for jewelry—lightweight, malleable and strong. Steel also plays well with other non-ferrous metals, particularly silver, offering opportunities to create dramatic mixed metals jewelry that shows off the glow of silver against the jet black of patinated steel. The patinas that darken steel leave silver bright, enhancing the drama of combining the two metals. This techniques-focused workshop will cover a wide range of methods for combining silver and steel, including fusing and adding reticulated and water cast silver features to your mixed metals steel jewelry.
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Steel is a fabulous metal for jewelry—lightweight, malleable and strong. Steel also plays well with other non-ferrous metals, particularly silver, offering opportunities to create dramatic mixed metals jewelry that shows off the glow of silver against the jet black of patinated steel. The patinas that darken steel leave silver bright, enhancing the drama of combining the two metals. This techniques-focused workshop will cover a wide range of methods for combining silver and steel, including fusing and adding reticulated and water cast silver features to your mixed metals steel jewelry.The techniques we will cover are:
- Fusing silver to steel. Learn to fuse fine silver, sterling silver, argentium and other silver alloys to steel, creating a beautiful starry pattern. Unlike other metals, when silver is fused to steel it creates spheres resulting in an unusual and dramatic effect.
- Fusing silver powder to steel. Learn to fuse powdered silver (lab grade powder used as an antimicrobial) to steel to create a finer pattern across the surface.
- Bonding silver foil to steel. Using the ancient Korean technique of Keum Boo, learn to permanently bond silver foil to steel.
- Reticulating silver and adding it to steel jewelry. Learn to create different reticulated patterns. reminiscent of topographic maps and combine your reticulated silver with steel.
- Water casting silver and combining it with steel. Learn to water cast argentium into various forms and add them to your mixed metals steel jewelry.
- Patinating steel and silver mixed metals jewelry. Learn how different patinas affect the metals and how to use those different to create dramatic effects.
You will receive a. detailed handout for the class, including a Resource List with all of the tools and supplies that are used in the workshop.
Prerequisites: 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. There is a required student tool and supply list for this workshop. *A dual gas torch like acetylene/air, oxygen/propane, or oxygen/acetylene will be needed. (Please note that small butane, propane and MAPP torches do not produce enough heat.)
Open studio at Flux Metal Arts will also be available for students to use torches, tools and equipment with additional hands on guidance available during class work time for an additional $65 fee on Saturday and Sunday.
Technology: Class will be held live via Zoom during the scheduled sessions. Internet access with a device like a tablet, or computer will be needed with the Zoom app installed. Most cell phone screens are too small for students to see what's going on in the demos. A link to the Zoom meeting will be sent via email the week of class.
After the Class: Students will receive a doc via email with noted resource links. The class will include a number of prerecorded demo videos and the class will be recorded. Both the demo and class recording will be available for a month after the class ends.
Class Fee: $325 Materials Fee: $95 payable at registration (includes domestic postage). Canadian & international students will be contacted prior to shipping if additional fees are applicable.
Instructor: *virtual visiting artist* Bette Barnett
Class registration will close on September 16 for U.S. students, and August 27 for non-U.S. students to allow time for material kits to be mailed.
Please note our *online class* registration policy for this workshop. Registration & Refund Policies
Questions? Give us a call at the studio (440) 205-1770.
**Images for this workshop are provided by the instructor, and represent the techniques taught. Student results may vary depending on student skill level, and design ideas employed by the student.
Materials Fee: $95 payable at registration. Student kits will be shipped in advance by flat rate priority mail (included in kit fee) to the address provided at registration. The kit includes the following class materials and supplies:
Note shipping cost for non-U.S. students will be based on location.
• September 16 for U.S. students
• August 27 for non-U.S. students
What to expect for this live online workshop:
This workshop consists of four two-hour live online sessions delivered via Zoom (Eastern Standard Time) September 24 – 26 according to the following schedule.
During the down time, students will be invited to attend a one-hour open studio session via Zoom during which time, they can discuss their work in progress, ask questions of the instructor and resolve issues. The open studio time is optional but has proven to be a valuable part of the learning experience.
The focus of this workshop will be on fusing various silvers to steel. All of the metals needed will be provided in the kit in sheet form, with the exception of fine silver, sterling silver OR Argentium sterling silver sheet, which will be provided by students.
Friday September 24
5:30-6:00 pm EST- Meet and Greet
6:00-8:00 pm EST- Basics of Working with Steel
Saturday September 25
10:00 am – 12:00 pm EST- Mixing It Up
4:00-6:00 pm EST Mixing It Up (continued)
Sunday September 26
11:00 am-12:00 pm EST – Open Studio
3:00-5:00 pm EST Finishing Touches