What an absolute joy it was to sit down with Bette Barnett and hear about her upcoming Steel and Gold Workshop here at Anneville Jewelry Lab. She is smart, extremely knowledgeable and funny, her class is going to be fantastic. To purchase your gold casting grain we recommend Rio Grande (this is not an affiliate link): https://www.riogrande.com/product/24k-yellow-gold-casting-grain/608700
If you're not already signed up, here's the registration info, please let us know in the comments if you have any questions and help us spread the word, as of today we still have a few seats available!
Steel & Gold Workshop
Visiting Artist Workshop - Bette Barnett
3-day intensive, Fri-Sat & Sun August 23-25, 2019 - 9am-4pm
Instructor: Bette Barnett. Tuition $440 plus $50 materials fee payable in class.
Steel is an amazing metal – strong, light weight and malleable. One of the most fascinating characteristics of steel is its affinity for gold. Simply put, steel “loves” gold and marrying the two results in dramatic mixed metals jewelry that responds to today’s aesthetic for work that ranges from bold and rich to gritty and rustic.In this three-day workshop, you will learn how to create dramatic steel and gold jewelry. We’ll cover how to work with mild (cold rolled) steel and explore techniques required to create jewelry from steel, including sourcing, cutting, forming, texturing, patinating and finishing. During the workshop you will learn how to alloy and roll our own gold, torch-fuse gold to steel and apply gold to steel using the Keum Boo technique. At the completion of the workshop, you’ll have at least one finished piece and other in-progress work that you can complete in your own studio. You’ll also come away with the skills you need to create dramatic, eye-catching steel and gold jewelry. Students must also bring 2 pennyweights of 24k gold casting grain (available from Rio Grande), more details sent after registration. Register.
Today's mokume gane twist workshop produced some terrific student work. I'm always amazed at how differently every student approaches this technique. Starting with 6mm square solid mokume-gane rod, students twisted, forged and filed their way to unique finished projects from bracelets to an abstract metal art pieces. Copper/brass mokume was included in the class but two students upgraded to silver/copper/brass mokume. We even had an advanced student doing stamping techniques too while working on two different projects.
Spring was a fun semester, full of fold-forming , stone-setting and box-making. Lots of creativity here; especially Juan's fold-form fish and Yoko's hairpin!
Spring class schedule up at West City - classes start February 8
WCCPL (West City Campus, Point Loma) is a top-notch jewelry/metals lab only about a mile away from Anneville Studio. With a class max of 20 and a large room full of great metals equipment, it is a vibrant and social place to learn. I'll be teaching two classes there this spring. Registration for these classes is through the school, not me! Just follow the links to register.
Jewelry and Metalworking - Advanced
Mondays, 9am-1pm, Feb 8 - May 23
This semester we'll get some time to practice and catch up on techniques introduced previously (marriage of metal, using exotic alloys, shell-forming and vessel fabrication), but we'll start out with a riveted acrylic pendant and some step-bezels for larger art-type cabochon stones. Students new to me are welcome, but you should have basic jewelry/metalworking skills (soldering, sawing, filing, some forming). Register.
Jewelry and Metalworking - Beginning to Advanced
Mondays, 2-5pm, Feb 8 - May 23
Learn the basics or expand your skills while creating three projects. We'll start with an acrylic riveted pendant, move to stone-setting, and finish with a forged silver necklace (silver optional, not included). Beginners are welcome - you'll receive lots of how-to handouts and instructions on purchasing a beginner toolkit on the first day of class. Register.
What a fun semester at West City Center, Point Loma. The all-levels class focused on rings - bent, soldered, carved, with stones and without. I was particularly pleased with the creativity of some of the beginners - check out the wearable brass fish ring by Andrea, top center. In the advanced class we worked with bimetals, exotic Japanese alloys, shell-forming and marriage of metals. It was a lot to absorb, but many came up with some amazing projects, especially Julie with her celestial bracelet and Chanalin's bee! The spring advanced class will include some time to catch up and practice the techniques learned in the fall and last spring (vessel fabrication).
Educator, metalsmith, jeweler, maker of custom mokume gane jewelry and wedding rings.