Working with Gold Course

excl materials


4 full day classes


working with gold course
  • Overview
  • Schedule
  • Materials
  • Ability
  • Safety

Course Overview

Working with Gold Course

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

Working with Gold Course

This course is currently running in a weekend format comprising of 4 classes of 5 hours over 2 concurrent weekends.

  • Start date January 15th 2022

To view the full course schedule please use the Dates and Bookings button at the top of this page. 

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Course Materials

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.

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.

All students attending classes or workshops at Kingham Jewellery School must be 16 or over, unless otherwise stated in the course information.

Workshop Safety

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.

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 have been asked to isolate.

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.


Next Course Date

Schedule doesn’t suit? Tap Register Interest to receive a notification the next time this course is available to book.

Who is my class tutor?

Nerissa Parker Jewellery Designer

Nerissa Parker

Nerissa is the primary tutor & owner of Kingham Jewellery School.

What will I learn?

  • 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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Working with Gold Course

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Working with Gold Course

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One day and Taster classes usually run two or three times a year provided there are enough attendees. Currently there are no plans to run Beginner evening terms.