Saturday, June 25, 2022
10:00 am - 1:00 pm PDT
Instructor: Jennifer Stenhouse
Beginning to Intermediate Levels
Zoom link and instructions for joining the call will be emailed 1 day prior to class.
The class supply list is below and contains links to buy the supplies you need.
This class will be recorded, and the recording will be available for students to access through their Little Metal Foxes accounts for a full month after the live class.
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 design 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.
Prerequisite: Beginning Jewelry/Metals skills. You will need the ability and tools to solder.
Supply List for Students
The links below will take you to RioGrande.com or other suppliers. To see prices for precious metal items, you need a free Rio Grande account. Registered Little Metal Foxes students can access the Rio for Schools program for significant savings (discounts and flat-rate shipping). This site may contain Amazon and other affiliate links. If you purchase something through the link, at no cost to you, we may receive a small commission on qualifying purchases.
- Soldering surface
- Flux - also see Options for Flux below.
- Solder pick
- A heat source capable of soldering (ie, butane torch, propane torch)
- Pickle. A good pickle substitute is “Ph Down” (aka sodium bi-sulfate) available for purchase at local spa and pool suppliers or at Home Depot in the spa supplies section. You can also use vinegar and salt, or citric acid.
- Jeweler saw & 4/0 blades / 2/0 blades
- Small hammer
- Small rawhide mallet
- Drill of some kind pendant drill, flex-shaft, hand drill
- Center punch/scribe or you can get one from the hardware store
- Bezel mandrels
- Forming pliers
- Pin vise
- Bench pin
- Needle files
- 6" half-round file
- Flush wire cutters
Materials I will be using for the class:
- Gold-filled page on Rio
- Gold-filled stampings
- Gold-filled wires
- Gold-filled sheet
- Gold-filled earring posts, posts with a 2.5mm pad, and earring findings
- 14k gold solder: 1 or 2 inches or each: extra easy, easy, medium
- Yellow silver paste solder
Options 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:
- Torch and soldering set up. (If you don’t have a torch and set up, check out the starter set from Seattle Findings! Use the code ME20 for a 10% student discount when ordering from Seattle Findings!)
- Seattle Findings also have some good starter kits for students
- Here’s a good basic student kit from Rio