Working with Gold Course

working with gold course
Nerissa Parker Jewellery Designer
Nerissa Parker
Tutor
  • Overview
  • Schedule
  • Materials
  • Ability Level
  • Safety

Course Overview

On this course you will learn how to work with gold and use gold as accents in silver jewellery. You will learn about the various gold alloys and the different properties of each carat. The course is in 4 parts;

Part 1 – Creating the raw materials

Students begin by making their own raw material for turning into a stack ring through melting, milling and drawing. This is an excellent opportunity to learn how to melt down old gold jewellery as well as using new gold grain. Please feel free to bring scrap gold jewellery or you can use gold grain.

Part 2 – Stack ring project

Using the raw material created in part 1. You will be make a stacking ring customised to suit your personal taste. This project will teach you how to solder gold and how to achieve various finishes.

Part 3 – Using gold accents through Keum-boo & gold plating

This part of the course teaches how to use gold accents on silver jewellery through Keum-boo and plating techniques.

Part 4 – Open project using gold accents

This will be a piece of your own design. So you can explore these new techniques with full guidance from the course tutor.

 

What is Keum-boo?

Keum-boo is the process of fusing high carat gold foil to a fine silver surface.

What is gold plating?

Gold plating is the process of depositing a thin layer of gold onto the surface of another metal using an electric current.

Course Schedule

Daytime course

Our daytime courses run for 8 weeks with 2½ hour weekly classes with a mid way half term break.

Evening course

Our evening courses run for 10 weeks with 2 hour weekly classes with a mid way half term break. This class is beginner students only.

Course Materials

Course fees include solder and saw blades. Metals, findings and a variety of stones are available for purchase at the school.

Course Ability Level

All our advanced courses are designed to further develop your skills. This course is for experienced makers only with an intermediate to advanced level of competence. If you are new to Kingham Jewellery School please contact us for a skill level assessment

Workshop Safety

As a student you are responsible for your own safety in the workshop. Please listen to direction to ensure you know how to use all the equipment correctly. To ensure your safety do not operate equipment you do not know how to use. Please ensure you have covered footwear and no high heels. You will need to tie back long hair when using motorised equipment. Please respect others and don’t interrupt students who are soldering, using the drill or any other equipment that could create a safety concern if the operator is distracted.

Special arrangements for Covid-19

We have introduced a few new guidelines to make sure the workshop is clean and safe for everyone to use.

It is extremely important we all follow the guidelines set out here to minimise the risk to all of us and ensure the school can remain open.

Please do not attend the workshop if

  • You test positive for Covid-19.
  • You feel at all unwell.
  • You have been abroad (to any country) 7 days prior to your class.
  • You have returned from a country on the government quarantine list. Please wait until your quarantine period has passed.

Please ensure the following

  • If you test positive for Covid-19 after attending a class please notify the school as soon as possible.
  • Hand washing or sanitising on arrival and throughout your class when necessary.
  • Please wear a face mask in line with current government guidance.
  • Keep all sanitiser sprays and pumps out of the way of naked flames.
  • Clean all shared equipment immediately after use.
  • At the end of your session clean all individual equipment, clean out your skin, (leather under bench ), of metal, blades and plastic and wipe down your chair.
  • Remember to take all your belongings with you when you leave.
  • Leave all unnecessary personal items at home.

You will need to bring

  • Your own mask.
  • Your own apron.
  • Your own eye protection for drilling and polishing.

And finally, no kitchen sorry! This means no refreshments or crockery can be offered at the moment, please feel free to bring your own mug, flask of tea, coffee, water etc.

We have amended our cancellation, refunds & transfer policy to take some of the uncertainty out of booking our courses whilst Covid-19 remains a health & safety concern. View our amended Terms & Conditions page for further details.

  • How to recognise Assay marks
  • About melting gold
  • Soldering with gold techniques
  • How to mill & draw down gold
  • How to use Keum-boo foil
  • About Gold plating

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