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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.
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:
- 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.
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.
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.
Read what students have to say about our online classes on the testimonials page.
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).
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.
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
- 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
Class policies for refunds, transfers and cancelations.
Students will need basic skills such as sawing and filing. In addition, students need to be very comfortable using a torch at high temperatures.
Location: Silvera Jewelry School, Berkeley, CA