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The warm luster of gold is synonymous with the beauty of jewelry. But working in gold can be intimidating. Take the leap with our helpful guidance and learn how to fabricate in gold!
This workshop includes demonstrations of how to refine your gold scrap, how to alloy it back to the karat and color you desire, and how to cast it into ingots for making into sheet or wire. Our demonstrations will highlight how to cast ingots safely in a home studio with common jewelry tools, as well as how to use a rolling mill to speed things up. At school we have oxygen/propane little torches, but can also alloy and cast gold ingots with a butane torch.
This course is available as an in-person workshop or live online class, and as a 2 week course or 1 day workshop. Please check this page for times and formats available.
Students fabricate a gold project, like a ring, earring or pendant with their own custom gold alloy ingot. Demonstrations include adapting your soldering techniques to gold, including options for solder, flux, temperature of the flame, etc.
• Fabricating jewelry gold
• Minimizing clean up after soldering and protecting metals from scale
• Refining gold scrap
• Alloying gold to karat and color (yellow, rose, green, and white)
• Casting a gold ingot with common jewelry tools
• Using ingot molds and hotter torches to cast gold ingots
• Forging and rolling ingots into sheet and wire
• Annealing gold
• Assaying gold to determine it’s karat
Please note: After taking a level 2 jewelry fabrication workshop, level 3 fabrication classes (Jewelry 5 & 6) can be taken in any order.
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, how to set up to work at home (both a simple set up and with a jewelry bench).
A kit of materials is included with this class.
Online students will have kits mailed to them. Kits for in-person students are delivered at the beginning of the first class.
Please review our COVID-19 guidelines for in-person students.
For the health and safety our staff and students, students are required to show proof of vaccination and to wear masks when attending classes at our school. If you can’t meet these requirements, we invite you to take the online version of this class instead, if available. Please visit our COVID-19 Updates page for more information.
Classes at our school include use of tools, with each student having their own bench to use during class. Online students will need to have their own tools (see the list of tools below). Feel free to contact us with any questions.
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.
Recordings of class.
If a class is online, or is a combination online and in-person session, all students receive a link to a recording of the class demonstrations. In-person only workshops are not recorded.
About Our Interactive Online Classes
If this class is offered online, it 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.
Online students work at home or in their studio. All of our recommended tools and the kit materials are chosen to be home studio friendly. Links to preferred vendors are provided in the supplies list sent after registration.
Read what students have to say about our online classes on the testimonials page.
Tools Required for Online Students
This is a list of tools online students need to practice the techniques shown in class. (in-person students have tools to use at school)
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 these tools, students will need basic jewelry fabrication tools, like the list from the Jewelry 1 - Basics course.
Digital scale (must measure accurately to a 1/10th of a gram or pennyweight)
Gold - 3 pennyweight / 5 grams of 24KT gold or your own gold scrap from jewelry, etc.
Gold solder to match the alloy you’d like to make (14 or 18KT for example, in yellow, green, rose or white; hard or medium solder recommended)
Prip’s flux recommended, but other fluxes are ok, too
Torch (a large butane torch, like a Blazer Big Shot, or other style bench torch (like a acetylene torch or oxygen/fuel torch, similar to a Smith Little Torch (acetylene or propane fine)
4 oz Cross peen hammer for forging, like a riveting hammer or goldsmithing hammer
Graphite stir rod
Hard charcoal block (recommend a separate one to use just for ingots, broken pieces ok)
#2 shade clip ons or safety glasses to protect your eyes during melting
N95 or similar dust mask
A computer, phone or tablet to use the free Zoom app for class
Class policies for refunds, transfers and cancelations.
Students are recommended to have taken at least 2 jewelry fabrication classes before taking the gold class. For example, successful completion of Jewelry 1 ( either an in person or online class), and Jewelry 2, 3 or 4. Contact us if you have any questions.
Location: Silvera Jewelry School, Berkeley, CA