Keum Boo Like You Never Knew - Silver and Gold Foil on Steel
Live Online Workshop with Bette Barnett
Three 2-hour Classes - offered a 3rd time by popular demand!
August 5, 6 & 7 10am-12pm PDT
Instructor: Bette Barnett. Tuition $120 plus kit fee of $55 (+tax & shipping - kit mailed in advance)
Keum Boo…on steel, who knew? ? The ancient art of bonding fine gold foil to silver works brilliantly on steel too. And silver foil also works great, offering a low-cost alternative. Plus the patinas that darken steel leave gold and silver virtually untouched, for a vibrant contrast.
Unit 1 - Preparation
Intro and overview
Working with mild steel and prepping it for Keum Boo (hint: no depletion gilding is required as with silver).
All about gold and silver foil.
Overview of Keum Boo process.
Unit 2 - Bonding the foil
Open discussion time
Materials, tools and supplies, especially choosing the right burnishers and brushes.
Techniques for handling and cutting the delicate foil.
Step-by-step bonding using a torch (and a demo of using a tabletop kiln too).
Unit 3 - Finishing your jewelry
Open discussion time
Applying patinas to bring out the contrast between the steel and foil. (Bonus: we’ll even try some purple and red colors!)
Sealing your Keum Boo jewelry for protection and durability.
Stamped Mokume Gane Bracelet
Live Online Workshop with Anne Wolf
Three 2-hour Classes June 8, 10, and 12 (M-W-F )
10am-12noon PDT - Sold Out
Instructor: Anne Wolf. Tuition $120 plus kit fee of $110 (+tax & shipping - kit mailed in advance
Create a stunning stamp patterned silver, copper & brass mokume gane bracelet at home in this bracelet workshop, optimized for online learning. Mokume gane is an ancient Japanese technique of fusing layers of different metals, then deforming the layers to create patterns that look like wood-grain.
Unit 1 - Introduction & Stamping Basics
Intro and overview of mokume.
Stamp patterning - how to hold, surface to use, tips for consistent depth.
Work time to try stamping.
Unit 2 - Troubleshooting, Filing & Sanding
Q&A & troubleshooting.
Filing - how to follow contour, when to stop, how to address uneven stamping.
Sanding - how to make it not take forever, but still yield a flawless surface.
Unit 3 - Forming and Applying the Patina
Forming your bracelet - no bracelet mandrel required!
Optional - etching if you have the chemicals needed.
Steel & Gold Workshop
Visiting Artist Workshop - Bette Barnett
August 23-25, 2019 - 3-day intensive, Fri-Sat & Sun 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.
Stamp Patterning Mokume Gane
June 17, 2019 - Monday 9am-4pm. Tuition: $140
Stamp patterning is the easiest, most direct method for creating your own unique mokume gane patterns. Each student in this one-day module will create their own unique stamp-textured mokume gane sheet, then use the sheet to create finished jewelry according to their experience level. Beginners will make simple earrings, while more experienced students can make a soldered pendant or begin a more complex piece. Copper/brass mokume is included in class fee, silver/copper and/or silver/copper/brass mokume will be available for purchase in class. Repeat students are welcome - guided repetition and practice are key to perfecting patterning skills. All levels. This class has passed. Join our waiting list for the next one.
Twist Patterning Mokume Gane
June 18, 2019 - Tuesday 9am-4pm. Tuition: $140
Twist patterning is the basis for most mokume gane rings being made today, but it is also versatile and can be used for bracelets, pendants and more. Today we'll start by twisting some copper/brass rod and exploring the patterning possibilities. You can choose to saw the rod in half to reveal the mysterious star pattern inside, or forge and file to create unique patterns. After lunch you'll choose whether to start a new twist piece in silver/copper or to refine and complete your copper/brass piece into a pendant or bracelet. Copper/brass mokume is included in class fee, silver/copper and/or silver/copper/brass mokume will be available for purchase in class. Repeat students can focus on more advanced patterns/projects that start with a twist. All levels welcome. This class has passed. Join our waiting list for the next one.
Beginning Chisel Patterning Mokume Gane
June 19, 2019 - Wednesday 9am-4pm. Tuition: $140
The most traditional Japanese method of patterning mokume-gane, chisel patterning involves chiseling into the surface of your blank mokume-gane to create rivers of pattern. After hammering the sheet back to flat, your unique chisel patterns are locked into the metal forever. You will be able to create at least one finished patterned sheet, for incorporation into later work (pendants, earrings, etc). Copper/brass mokume included, silver/copper and/or silver/copper/brass mokume will be available for purchase in class. Chisels will be available for purchase. Best for intermediate jewelry students, or beginners with at least one prior mokume class. This class has passed. Join our waiting list for the next one.
"Mokume gane patterning with chisels was one of the most enjoyable courses I've ever done." ~ Helen M, Sydney Australia
Intermediate Chisel Patterning Mokume Gane
June 20, 2019 - Thursday 9am-4pm. Tuition: $140
Create more intricate chisel patterns by starting with thicker metal and chiseling multiple times. Some prior practice with chiseling is recommended. Copper/brass mokume included, silver/copper and/or silver/copper/brass mokume will be available for purchase in class. Chisels will be available for purchase. Best for intermediate jewelry students, or beginners with at least one prior mokume class. This class has passed. Join our waiting list for the next one.
Japanese Patinas for Mokume Gane
June 21, 2019 - Friday 9am-4pm. Tuition: $140
We'll get up to some crazy alchemy today - bring your finished (or almost finished) mokume gane pieces and learn the best way to patinate. Every metal combination has different requirements for the best results, so we'll go over all the options, covering two ways to make copper red, as well surprisingly simple ways to get good color and contrast on your mokume gane surfaces. This class has passed. Join our waiting list for the next one.
"Loved the class and loved Julie! Great instructor! The studio was very well stocked with great equipment and very organized." ~ Kathy O'Brien
"The Patina class was great fun and gave me new and wonderful patina techniques. I plan to put patina on as many item as I can find. Well worth the time and class fee. Highly recommend this class." ~ Karen R., San Diego
"I really enjoyed the class and doing the sample projects we did. For me it was just the right amount of activity and time to do them. Doing the sample projects was much less stressful than doing a finished jewelry project. And I would highly recommend this class to anyone who might like to learn the patina techniques taught in the class. And the teacher is excellent and provides enough instruction to guide students to learn the techniques." ~ Karen S., Chula Vista