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;
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.
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.
This part of the course teaches how to use gold accents on silver jewellery through Keum-boo and plating techniques.
This will be a piece of your own design. So you can explore these new techniques with full guidance from the course tutor.
Keum-boo is the process of fusing high carat gold foil to a fine silver surface.
Gold plating is the process of depositing a thin layer of gold onto the surface of another metal using an electric current.
This course is currently running in a weekend format comprising of 4 classes of 5 hours over 2 concurrent weekends.
To view the full course schedule please use the Dates and Bookings button at the top of this page.
Course fees include solder and saw blades. Metals, findings and a variety of stones are available for purchase at the school.
How much does gold cost?
Currently 9ct gold grain is £18 per gram excluding VAT.
How much gold will I need?
2 grams of 9ct gold would make an average size 2mm round section ring. We will discuss various approaches to making your gold go further during this course.
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.
All students attending classes or workshops at Kingham Jewellery School must be 16 or over, unless otherwise stated in the course information.
As a student you are responsible for your own safety in the workshop. Please listen to directions 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.
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.