Steel and Gold... A Love Story with Bette Barnett

Monday, October 4, 2021; 10:00AM - 12:00PM PT (Pacific Time)
Tuesday, October 5, 2021; 10:00AM - 12:00PM PT (Pacific Time)
Wednesday, October 6, 2021; 10:00AM - 12:00PM PT (Pacific Time)
Thursday, October 7, 2021; 10:00AM - 12:00PM PT (Pacific Time)


Cost: $410

This class is already under way. Please see below for any other available workshop dates.

Steel is an amazing metal for jewelry—lightweight, malleable and strong.  By far the biggest advantage of steel is the ability to fuse gold, copper, silver and other metals to it to create gorgeous mixed metals jewelry. In this four-part live online class, you’ll learn how to work with steel and add drama by fusing other metals to it. With its soaring cost of gold, it’s comforting to know that copper, bronze and other metals can also be fused to steel too with beautiful results. 

You will learn how to work with steel—both sheet and wire—including the basics of cutting, sawing, filing, sanding, texturing and forming. We’ll cover techniques for preparing the metals for fusing to achieve successful results. 

You’ll learn all the techniques for fusing gold and other metals to steel sheet and wire using either a dual gas or acetylene air torch. Copper, bronze and silver will be included in your kit.  

The class will also include information on fusing silver to steel—a process that works a bit differently than with other metals. In addition, we’ll explore how to solder silver elements to steel to create exciting mixed metals jewelry.

We’ll explore various types of patinas for steel to achieve various effects. And we will cover the all important process of sealing your mixed metals steel jewelry to protect it for years to come.


Techniques covered include: 

  • Introduction to fusing
  • Preparation of metals for fusing
  • Fusing process for various metals onto steel including gold, silver, copper, and bronze
  • How to texture, solder, and form steel wire and sheet
  • Working with fused steel
  • How to incorporate silver elements into steel pieces
  • Patinating fused steel
  • Cleaning, finishing, and sealing steel pieces


This class is available as an online class. 

This course meets for 4 days, each day has a 2 hour morning session with an optional 1 hour open studio session later each day, for a total of 12 hours. 


A kit of materials is included with this class and will be mailed to you. 


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 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.

  • 1"x1" 30ga gold sheet, 14k or higher
  • Brownell's Oxpho Blue or Sculpt Nouveau's Prestoblack patina
  • Pumice type cleaner like Gojo or Fast Orange
  • Isopropyl alcohol
  • Torch- acetylene/air or fuel/oxygen
  • Soldering surface, pick, flux, pickle
  • A pickle pot for steel only
  • Steel,plastic, or wood tongs
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Rust remover
  • Saw frame
  • 2/0, 3/0, or 4/0 saw blades
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Round/flat forming pliers
  • Half round /flat forming pliers
  • Half round hand file
  • Bench pin
  • Scriber
  • Digital Caliper
  • Lubricant for sawing
  • Easy silver solder
  • Assorted sandpaper grits
  • Eye protection
  • Steel hammer 

A computer, phone or tablet to use the free Zoom app for class




Students will need basic skills such as sawing and filing. In addition, students need to be very comfortable using a torch at high temperatures.


Bette Barnett (Guest)

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.

If a kit is included with the class, online students will have them mailed to them. Kits for in-person students are delivered at the beginning of the first class. More information about the kit is included with the supplies list which is emailed after registration.

International students may be charged an additional amount for shipping, because of the increased cost to ship abroad. Also, shipments to other countries may incur a tariff payable by the student. International students are welcome to contact us re: these costs and options for their materials. Please be sure that the address with your payment is the correct one for shipping.

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.

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.

And now the fine print. Payment in full for class fees is due at the time of registration to reserve your place. We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, and PayPal. Checks and cash are accepted only if you register at school. If you mail a check, your registration is not processed until it clears and the class may fill during the wait. 

If the workshop is canceled by our school for any reason, all class fees will be refunded, or you can transfer to another class, or you can keep a credit on account with us for future classes or purchases, 

Students can cancel, receive a credit or refund, or transfer to another class up to 21 days before a workshop, whether it is online or in person. No cancellations are accepted after the 21-day deadline, however, we will do what we can to try and sell your place to a qualified student. If we can sell your place, you can receive a refund less a $50 cancellation fee, keep a credit on account with us, or apply your fees towards a transfer to another class. 

If you can’t make it to class, you may send a participant who has the necessary prerequisites in your place. Please call or email us immediately with any changes in the student participant information. If a class includes an online section, your class will be recorded and you can watch later to make up a class you miss. 

Students must be at least 15 years old to attend a class, and students under 18 must have a legal guardian sign our liability waiver form. We have had younger students attend classes, on a case by case basis. If you’re interested in enrolling your child, please call or email us. 

If you sign up for a class and fail to have the required prerequisites as listed in the class description, you are still subject to the 21-day cancellation policy, listed above.

Lodging and meals are not included for in person classes.

If you don't come to class, there are no refunds, credits or transfers.

Upcoming Schedule

No upcoming occurences at this time.