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Little Metal Foxes

24/02/17 Working with Gold-Fill - VIDEO ONLY

24/02/17 Working with Gold-Fill - VIDEO ONLY

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Recorded live Saturday, February 17, 2024  

Instructor: Jennifer Stenhouse 

Gold-filled can add value and a gold color option to your work while remaining affordable. But what is gold-filled and how is it different from working with other materials like sterling or gold? This workshop will focus on an introduction to what gold-fill is, essential metalworking techniques, tools, and designs used to create jewelry using gold-filled wire and sheet. Instruction will include information that will familiarize you with how gold-fill is made, alloys, plating options, and how it is similar and different when working with gold or sterling. Students will learn through instruction, demonstration, and practice the techniques using wire, sheet, and findings to construct pieces that can be used for all kinds of jewelry & wearable art. The focus will be on the essentials of soldering, forming, and construction using gold-filled materials. Also, the proper use of tools and equipment, studio safety, and finishing techniques specific the gold-fill. Project demos will include making gold-fill rings and earrings, making borax-based flux paste for gold & gold-fill, soldering with paste solder, and finishing including gold plating with a plating pen. 

Recommended Skills: Beginning Jewelry/Metals skills. You will need the ability and tools to solder.

All classes include the video recording, which you will have access to for 30 days after the live class ( access to this video is available until 3/17/24.) 

The class supply list is below and contains links to buy the supplies you need.

Supply List for Students

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Recommended Tools & Materials :used in Demo:

Materials I will be using for the demonstration in the class:

PreferreOptions For the Flux:

I use both when working with sheet and flat stampings to protect it and prevent fire scale.

  • Borax-based flux. This is flammable. Safety when working with this is important.
    • You will need a bottle of Boric acid powder from the drugstore, like Bartell’s. This is essential to making the flux for gold-filled soldering.
    • Denatured alcohol from your local hardware store for the borax-based flux.
  • Stop-Ox II from Rio Grande. This is water-soluble and non-flammable. I have a small spray bottle from the drug store I use to spray it onto the items before soldering.

Items from the hardware or drugstore:

  • Denatured alcohol
  • Small spray bottle
  • Emery paper, 200/400/600 or emery boards
  • Small pack of drill bits
  • Small hammer
  • Safety glasses

Other tools that are helpful:

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