Join us on a fascinating visit to the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham, England lead by our own Anne Wolf! We’ll see how production jewelry was manufactured in the hey day of Birmingham’s Jewelry Quarter. In the early 1900's the Quarter employed over 30,000 people who used fly presses, belt-driven polishers and blow-torches (why do Brits call torches ‘blow-torches?’- watch this and you’ll never forget!). Next we'll take a virtual visit to Sculpt Nouveau with Steel & Gold Artist Bette Barnett and she'll show us how to select and buy finishes, along with some tips for purchasing patinas on their tricky website. Read more for photos, links and resources.
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Bette Barnett is getting ready to offer her popular "Keum Boo Like You Never Knew" online workshop for the fifth time. We are so impressed with the work coming out of these classes. Check out the images here by four previous students, and imagine creating your own work like this! No wonder it's been a quick sell out each time. So save the date - Registration coming soon. Get details | Join our waiting list | View more student work.
We have an exciting announcement from Bette Barnet! Tevel at Allcraft has decided to offer a discounted Keum Boo package of tools and supplies. Everything in this package has been hand-selected by Bette for its effectiveness in working with Keum Boo on steel. The package includes:
Ultralite Beehive kiln — this is a small bench top kiln that makes keum boo a breeze, particularly on steel. It’s also great for enameling. (Bette will be demonstrating how to use this kiln as an optional approach for Keum Boo in her Anneville class).
Controller for the kiln—a big plus when you need to regulate the heat for various metals (and avoid cooking your hand!).
Agate burnisher with metal handle — Bette's favorite burnisher for tapping down the foil and burnishing out bubbles.
Tungsten carbide burnisher — essential tool for burnishing and keeping the foil from bonding to the burnisher (which can happen with steel burnishers).
Agate Sword Burnisher — a wood handled agate burnisher with just the right shape for allover smoothing and bonding.
Round brass brush with wooden handle — great for pressing the foil into all the nooks and crannies.
Silver foil — 4” x 4” sheet. Works brilliantly on steel.
Gold foil — $10 off a full sheet and $5 off a half sheet.
Tevel is offering this Keum Boo package for $249.95, a 10% savings off the regular price. If you’re interested, just give Tevel at Allcraft a call at (800) 645-7124 and tell Tevel you’re one of Bette's students or heard about it through her. If you have any questions please contact Bette Barnett by email via her website at studiomigoto.com/contact or call Tevel directly.
Our first ever online class "Keum Boo Like You Never Knew" was taught by Bette Barnett on June 1st, 3rd and 5th and was very well received. We are really thrilled because Bette, Ame and Anne all put a lot of time and energy into creating the best possible experience for the students. Bette meticulously planned the class and filmed great demos (teaching herself all of the tech along the way!). Anne figured out click & ship for the mailing labels (no small endeavor as it turns out) and Ame set up an online store for Anneville and figured out all of the registration and Zoom details. So, we were extremely gratified for these words of praise from Cary (one of the students) posted to Facebook afterwards: "I just finished a class with Bette Barnett and feel like I have just swallowed the last bite of my chocolate bar. I don’t want it to be over. I want more! It was absolutely wonderful.” From Bette’s great demos to the extensive student interaction, this class was super fun. I was blown away by the cool things people made. We even succeeded in carrying over our traditional last-day-of-class prize raffle! We have a second session of this class starting soon (also sold out) and Bette’s already busy planning a third so if you’re interested, visit our Classes and Workshops page to join the waiting list.
Educator, metalsmith, jeweler, maker of custom mokume gane jewelry and wedding rings.