Always wanted to work with gold but not sure where to start? In this one-day jewelry class, students will learn the ancient Korean technique of Keum-Boo; which is applying thin sheets of 24k gold to silver using heat.
Students will learn how to depletion guild sterling silver, apply 24k gold foil, and use patina to create black and gold contrast. Students will also learn how to use a torch instead of a hot plate.
At the end of class, students will have a simple ring with a Keum-Boo gold disc, and a sheet of silver with gold that can be used to make simple earrings or a pendant.
Class duration: 8 hours with a 45-minute break for lunch.
Prerequisites: beginning metalsmithing (Metals 1) or equivalent.
Last day to cancel for a full refund: April 10, 2021.
Tools and Materials:
Tools will be provided. You need to bring your own mask as well as a N95 or KN95 mask for polishing.
Materials fees: (bring cash - exact change is appreciated)
- $35 for gold foil, 2" wire for ring, 20 ga sterling silver disc, hard solder
- Students can bring a 2" x 2" sterling silver sheet (any gauge between 24 and 18) or they can buy a 2”x 2” piece of silver for an additional $25
About the instructor, Michele Throne
Michele’s first dip into metalsmithing started with a high school class. She then picked it back up after getting her BFA at Florida State University. She’s been a full time jeweler for 11 years, and has been teaching art since 1998 and metalsmithing since 2012. She has taught workshops in Estes Park, Boulder Metalsmithing Association, and now at Silver Peak Studio.
Her deep love and appreciation for everything outdoors and love for people inspire her to create jewelry focused on nature and the human experience.