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Etching steel adds dimension and depth unsurpassed by other metals. Join Bette Barnett in this live online workshop where you’ll learn the process of electro-etching steel, a method that provides extreme sharpness and detail. After learning the basics of creating steel jewelry you’ll add your own hand-drawn etched patterns or create designs using laser printed patterns and adhesive backed stencils. To top off your skills, you’ll create an etched steel pattern plate that can be used to transfer designs to softer metals. Finally, you will learn to finish your steel jewelry by applying a patina and sealing the surface with a metal wax.
Class sessions are 2 hours each day (10am-noon Pacific) with a 1 hour open studio/follow-up session each afternoon 5-6pm Pacific.
Techniques covered include:
- Basics of steel including soldering, texturing, and forming
- Several different resist methods for electro-etching: oil paint pen, laser transfers, and stencils
- Setting up the etching station, mixing the etching solution, and electro etching
- Patinating etched steel
- Sealing etched steel
Read what students have to say about our online classes on the testimonials page.
A kit of materials is included with this class and will be mailed to you. Please be sure that the address with your payment is the correct one for shipping..
A handout is included with the class. A pdf of the handout is sent to students before the first day of class.
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).
This course meets for 4 sessions, 2 hours per session, and a 1 hour open studio session each day as well for a total of 12 hours.
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. We always choose the safest materials, chemicals and tools for you and the environment.
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 recommended suppliers for the best prices will be sent to you after registration If you have questions about the tool list, please contact us.
Cupric Sulfate Pentahydrate (Root Kill)
Oxpho Blue gun bluing f or Prestoblack PC-9 patina
Pumice type cleaner- such as GoJo or Fast Orange
Alcohol-either denatured or isopropyl
Torch (acetylene/air, actelyene/oxygen, or propane/oxygen)
Soldering surface, pick, flux and pickle
2/0 or 3/0 or 4/0 saw blades
Chain nose pliers
round/flat forming pliers
Half round/flat forming pliers
Half round hand file
Lubricant for sawing If you use it
Silver solder (easy)
Sandpaper—120, 220, 320, 400 etc.
A computer, phone or tablet to use the free Zoom app for class
Class policies for refunds, transfers and cancelations.
Students will need basic skills such as sawing and filing. In addition, torch skills are required to apply the flame patina and solder steel.
Location: Silvera Jewelry School, Berkeley, CA