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The warm luster of gold is synonymous with the beauty of jewelry. But working in gold can be intimidating. Gold-filled is affordable and durable enough to solder, roll in a mill, texture, etc. Take the leap with our helpful guidance and fabricate a bangle and 3 rings in gold-filled.
In this live zoom online workshop students will work with 14/20 gold-filled material. Gold-filled is an affordable alternative for more expensive gold alloys. But working with filled metals requires careful fabrication and soldering to avoid exposing the base metal core. This class introduces intermediate techniques like using firescale retardant fluxes, mixing metals, using gold solder, precision soldering and polishing tips for protecting the top layer of gold.
This one day zoom class is from 10am-12:30pm and 2:30-5pm with a 2 hour lunch break.
• Fabricating with filled metals
• Sizing and making a ring with forged texture
• Making and sizing a bangle
• Minimizing clean up after soldering and protecting metals from scale
• Polishing gold filled metal
A kit of materials is included with this class. Registered students receive a class kit by mail, shipped to the address used for registration. Please be sure to contact us at the time of registration with any updates re: where you want your kit shipped.
A handout is included with the class. A pdf of the handout is sent to students before the first day of class.
Tools for this Class
This is a list of tools you’ll need to practice the techniques shown in class. A list of tools with links to recommended suppliers for the best prices will be sent to you after registration If you have questions about the tool list, please contact us. In addition to your basic jewelry tools, students will need the following:
Polished goldsmithing or planishing hammer
Otto Swiss saw blades 2/0, 1 dozen 149.404D
Pilar needle file, LA2401-160-2
Plastic spray bottle for the flux
Round steel bracelet mandrel
metric ruler 6-12” (150-300mm)
3x3” piece of leather scrap, soft cloth or similar to pad your work
Read what students have to say about our online classes on the testimonials page.
About Our Interactive Online Classes
This class is online and uses the Zoom app/website. Through Zoom, you’ll be able to see demos and follow instructions, ask questions and interact with your instructor. Zoom is easy to use and free for students to use for class, and works on most devices, like phones (iphone, Android, etc), tablets (iPads, etc), and computers (Mac or PC).
Each class is also recorded and available for students to watch later, to review instructions or in case you missed a class.
Students work at home or in their studio. All of our recommended tools and the kit materials are chosen to be home studio friendly.
Class policies for refunds, transfers and cancelations.
Basic jewelry fabrication skills, like a Jewelry 1 (online or in-person) or Intro to Soldering class at Silvera Jewelry School. Students should be comfortable with basic skills and have recent practice with soldering jewelry,
Location: Silvera Jewelry School, Berkeley, CA