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Create ripples and waves in the surface of your silver with a torch. Then fuse gold leaf to the surface to create wonderful, abstract textures.
This online live zoom class will teach you all you need to know to prepare and reticulate your silver with a torch. Create fast, mixed metal and textured parts for your jewelry, or use these techniques to accent stone settings, pendants, earrings, rings, and more.
• Depletion gilding
• Keum boo (fusing gold foil onto silver alloys)
When offered as a one day workshop, this zoom class is from 10-12:30 and 2:30-5pm, with a 2 hour lunch break.
Check out our free videos on how to set up to solder at home and how to use a home friendly butane torch to solder.
It’s not just a recording. You can ask questions live with your instructor.
With our live online class format, students can talk with the instructor, ask questions and get help.
A kit of materials and stones 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. The kit includes your metal to make the practice projects.
A full color handout is included with the class. Create your own workbook with the beautiful handout that is downloadable for this workshop. Handouts include instructions for techniques and projects, reference charts and lots of information to support your learning.
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).
Your instructor is also available during free Zoom office hours for questions and help.
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.
Read what students have to say about our online classes on the testimonials page.
Tools for this Class
This is a list of tools you’ll need to practice the techniques shown in class. A list of the specific models 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 these tools, you’ll need some of the basic jewelry tools from Jewelry 1 - Basics.
Burnisher (regular 1 - 1 1/2” burnisher ok, but a long burnisher is preferred, like 2 1/2” or longer for keum boo. Or an agate burnisher is excellent for keum boo)
Sterling solder: easy, medium and hard (1’ or 1 sheet of each)
1 quart crockpot or pickle pot (we need the pickle to be stable at a steaming hot temp)
Copper tongs (easiest for removing metal from the pickle)
Electric hot plate (to warm metal for keum boo, solid top preferred but you can use one with an open heating element if you use some copper or brass sheet on top of it to keep your work from falling through)
Leather gloves or similar to protect your hands from the heat (not too bulky, work gloves ok)
Charcoal block, hard
Scriber or sewing needle in a handle
Timer (timer on your smartphone or watch is fine)
Liver of sulphur gel patina, 2 oz. to create contrast between the silver and gold
Sturdy containers, like plastic yogurt containers, just for the patina and rinse water.
A computer, phone or tablet to use the free Zoom app for class
Class policies for refunds, transfers and cancelations.
Basic soldering skills for precious metals, like successful completion of a basic jewelry fabrication class, like Basic Jewelry 1 (in-person workshop) or Jewelry 1 - Basics (online). These skills include sawing, filing, soldering and finishing precious metals.
Location: Silvera Jewelry School, Berkeley, CA