Go Bold or Go Home! Creating Sculptural Steel Jewelry with Bette Barnett

Saturday, July 23, 2022; 10:00AM - 5:00PM PT (Pacific Time)
Sunday, July 24, 2022; 10:00AM - 5:00PM PT (Pacific Time)
Monday, July 25, 2022; 10:00AM - 5:00PM PT (Pacific Time)

In Person

Cost: $560

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


Cost: $515

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Have you ever wanted to cut loose and create big, bold sculptural jewelry but were intimated by the cost or scale?  In this fun and fast-paced workshop, you’ll be able to step outside your comfort zone to create bold dimensional steel jewelry that shouts, “Look at me!” 


Steel invites creative exploration into sculptural forms. It’s inexpensive and lightweight (25% lighter than silver), so larger pieces are comfortable to wear. It’s also soft enough to saw and texture as well as malleable enough to form into many different shapes. 


Going bold with steel is an adventure because the metal comes in so many forms—solid sheet, perforated sheet, expanded, wire and woven mesh. We’ll work with all these forms to create volumetric pieces by: 

  • Layering different forms of steel sheet, perforated steel sheet and wire
  • Scoring and bending to create cubes, pyramids and other three-dimensional shapes
  • Forming woven mesh spheres and hemispheres 
  • Building ring shanks and bails from wire and perforated steel
  • Trapping objects (stones, rocks and found objects) in dimensional forms 
  • Creating bezels and bails with perforated steel  


But we won’t stop there! You will also learn how to add even more drama to your sculptural work by fusing gold and other non-ferrous metals to it. We’ll cover fusing to steel sheet, wire, perforated sheet and mesh to create added impact. Finally, you will learn how to patinate and protect your bold sculptural jewelry.


Students will prepare at least three pieces of sculptural steel jewelry fused with gold or other metals using patterns for class projects or developing their own designs.


This course is available as an in-person workshop or live online class. Please check this page for times and formats available.


A kit of materials is included with this class. 


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. We recommend you bring with you:

  • 14ga gold wire- minimum 1” 14k, 18k, or 22k, any hardness 


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.

  • 14ga gold wire- minimum 1” 14k, 18k, or 22k, any hardness 
  • Torch- Dual gas (oxy/propane or oxy/acetylene) or acetylene/air 
  • Soildering surface
  • Soldering pick
  • Third hand
  • Firebricks or something similar to support metal while heating 
  • Pickle pot (you need a separate pickle pot for ferrous metals) 
  • Tongs- Plastic, steel or wood (not copper)
  • Pickle 
  • Pumice cleaner- any gritty pumice cleaner will work like Comet, Fast Orange, or GoJo
  • Flexshaft
  • Abrasive wheels for the flexshaft 
  • Rust remover
  • Hydrogen peroxide 3% solution
  • Gun bluing solution
  • Flux 
  • Metal ruler
  • Saw frame
  • 3/0 and 4/0 saw blades 
  • Flush cutters
  • Chain nose, round nose, and flat nose pliers
  • Parallel pliers
  • Scriber
  • Mallet 
  • Forming hammer
  • Digital Calipers
  • Flat and half round files 
  • Silver solder  
  • Burlife or beeswax 
  • Nitrile gloves
  • Bench pin
  • Dapping block and punches


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


Students will need to have competent metal working skills, including cutting, sawing, filing, sanding and forming. In addition, students need to be comfortable using a jeweler’s torch (either a dual gas or an acetylene air) 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. For staff instructor classes, students have access to the recordings for one year. For guest instructors, access is 30 days. 

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.

For classes that include work time, 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. Some classes, like our short demo only classes, don't require tools or materials to attend. 

We remain committed to keeping everyone as safe as possible while continuing to move forward and adapt to the current circumstances for our in person classes and open studios.

In person students must show proof of vaccination. We recommend that everyone remain current with booster shots as recommended by your doctor.

Face masks are encouraged while at the school, but no longer required. Students must bring a particulate face mask (N95, KN95, KF94 or similar) to protect against dust and particles when needed and required during class work time.

If you have tested positive for COVID, have symptoms that could be COVID, or feel ill, please don't come to class. Contact us for more information. 

All benches and shared tools are cleaned before and after class. 

It’s recommended that students bring their own apron, safety glasses•, mask (also used for protection against fine dust when polishing), and water bottles. Filtered water is available for refills. We have aprons, safety glasses and togo cups available to use.  

*Students are always required to wear safety glasses for their protection in the classroom. Be sure to choose safety glasses that fit comfortably, even over your prescription glasses.

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.