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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 online 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. Even if you only have a butane torch, you’ll be able to alloy and cast gold ingots.
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
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. 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.
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).
This course meets for 2 weeks, 3 hours per week, for a total of 6 hours of instruction.
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.
Tools and Materials for this Class
This is a list of supplies 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, students will need most of the basic jewelry tools from the Jewelry 1 - The 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