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2-Day Steel and Gold Love Story: LIVE ONLINE Class with Bette Barnett

  • Saturday, August 01, 2020
  • 10:00 AM
  • Sunday, August 02, 2020
  • 7:00 PM
  • In the comfort of your own home
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  • Please note: This includes BOTH the $250 class registration fee and the $55 student kit fee with shipping. This option will become available after Members log in.
  • Please note this includes BOTH the $275 class registration fee and the $55 student kit with shipping.
  • Please note this includes BOTH the $125 class registration fee and the $55 student kit fee with shipping. Board Members signed up as workshop assistant

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2-Day Live Online Class

Steel and Gold Love Story

instructed by

Bette Barnett

August 1 - August 2, 2020

Saturday - Sunday, between 10 am - 7 pm EST daily

Tentative Shedule:

(Please note, we are offering a virtual meet & greet on Friday, July 31 from 6-7pm to orient students with introductions and class logistics.  This is not mandatory if you cannot make it.)


10am-12pm Live online class lecture and demos

Studio time (virtual office hours 1-2pm)

3-5pm Live online class lecture and demos

Studio time (virtual office hours 6-7pm)


10am-12pm  Live online class lecture and demos

Studio time (virtual office hours 1-2pm)

3-5pm Live online class lecture and demos

Studio time (virtual office hours 6-7pm)


Registration and payment must be received by July 21st!


Visit to view Bette's work.

Skill Level Required:  Advanced beginner: Basic metal working skill set including sawing, filing, soldering, sanding and finishing techniques.  Should feel reasonably comfortable using a torch. 


Class Description

Steel is a fantastic metal for jewelry. It is lightweight, malleable and affordable. Adding gold takes steel to another level entirely by creating the sharp contrast of rich buttery gold against the deep black of patinated steel. In this live online workshop you will learn how to work with steel and fuse gold and copper to it to create dramatic mixed metals jewelry. You’ll gain hands on experience with mild steel including how to cut, solder and form it. You will also learn how to apply interesting textures to steel using hammers, burs and the rolling mill. Fusing gold to steel is an exciting technique that allows you to layer the rich glow of high karat gold against black of patinated steel. In addition, you’ll fuse copper to steel to achieve a different look for your mixed metals jewelry. You’ll learn various techniques for fusing gold and copper to steel using different types of torches. You will learn to apply patinas to your steel jewelry including flame patinas and chemical patinas. Finally, you will learn how to seal and protect steel jewelry. The workshop consists of four two-hour live online sessions with time in between for hands-on studio time at home.  During individual studio work time there will be designated virtual office hours for instructor feedback.

Unit 1 — Working with steel (sourcing, cutting, filing/sanding, texturing and forming)

Unit 2 — Soldering steel; preparing your gold and steel for fusing.

Unit 3 — fusing gold to steel sheet and heavy steel wire; using different types of torches to fuse

Unit 4 — Patinating and sealing your steel jewelry 

Please Note: Please note the student tools and supplies are not provided by MAGG.  MAGG will offer some open studio time in between virtual sessions for up to 6 local students upon request, please email the artist assistant if you are interested. A finalized schedule of live session times, office hours and studio times will be emailed out closer to the time of the workshop.

Student Kit $55 (includes shipping)

• Steel — two sheets of mild steel 6” x 6”, 20g and 18g

• Steel wire — 1 foot long, 10g

• Copper — 3” x 1” 30g

• Samples of flux, Sparex No. 1 and Clear Wax

• Small jars for gold and copper pallions

• Brass scratch brush

• 3M mesh scrub pad

• Cheese cloth

• Class handout (including project patterns and source sheet) 

Student Tools and Supplies

Gold sheet—at least 1”x1” of 18, 20 or 22k gold any color (yellow, rose, red, etc.), 30 gauge, any hardness.

Torch—dual gas or acetylene/air (note small butane, propane or MAPP torches do not produce sufficient heat

Soldering station—soldering pads or charcoal blocks, firebricks, etc.

Soldering tools—third hand, solder pick

Quench bowl with water

Neutralizing solution (baking soda and water)

Pickle pot—steel and non-ferrous should not be mixed in the same pot

Pickle solution—any kind of acid will work; however, Sparex No. 1 is faster for steel (you will have a small sample in your kit, enough to make two cups of solution)

Pumice type cleaner—GoJo, Fast Orange, Barkeepers Friend or pumice powder

Degreaser—denatured alcohol, isopropyl alcohol or any commercial degreasing agent (not acetone)

Hand tools—the usual assortment of hand tools for working with metals such as files, pliers, hammers, etc.

Saw frame and 2/0, 3/0 and 4/0 blades

Bur life, beeswax or other lubricant

Magnifier such as Optivisor if you use it

Rubber cement

Sharp scissors

Patina from Sculpt Nouveau. Birchwood Liquid Patina Black (PC9, M24 or BST4 ) and/or Japanese Brown

Optional: mandrels and stakes (cuff mandrel, rounded stack, etc.) These are helpful for forming but not essential.

Optional: texturing hammers, texturing burs, rolling mill and pattern plates, anything you normally use to texture metals 

Questions, contact artist assistant: Piper Espey,


$250 Members

$275 Non-Members

(Kit fee $55 payable to MAGG)


In the comfort of your own home!

Open Studio @ MAGG Studio, 5353 Buford Highway NE, Doraville, GA 30340


Not a current MAGG member?  Join today  Membership is $50 annually.

Register for the workshop with the participation fee payable in advance via the MAGG website at

If your payment is accepted, you are registered for the workshop.  If the workshop is sold out and you want to be added to the wait list, email

Cancellation / Refund Policy

If you need to cancel your registration, please notify the workshop contact as soon as possible.  A cancellation fee of 20% of the workshop tuition will be charged on cancellations received more than 28 days before the start of the workshop.  Cancellations received less than 28 days but more than 10 days before the workshop will receive a 50% refund; cancellations received 10 days or less before the start of the workshop will receive no refund.  If your seat in the workshop can be filled, only the cancellation fee (20%) will apply.

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