Improver Course: Working with Gold

Our Working with Gold Improver course is designed to further develop skills garnered on previous Improver jewellery courses, (sorry, not for beginners wanting to try their first Improver course). This is a great option if you have attended jewellery making classes elsewhere and are confident in the workshop environment. Please contact us if you require a skill level assessment.

On this course you will learn how to work with gold and use gold as accents in silver jewellery. Students are introduced to the various gold alloys and the different properties of each carat. The course is comprised of 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. If you have old gold jewellery you would be interested in using to melt down for this project please feel free to bring it along, otherwise we'll use gold grain.

Part 2 - Stack ring project

Using the raw material created in part 1 we will be making a stack ring customised to suit your personal taste. The project is designed to teach students how to solder and achieve various finishes in gold.

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

Part 3 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

To complete the course students are encouraged to design their own piece to 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.

How much does gold cost?

Currently 9ct gold grain is £14 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.


Sundries such as solder and saw blades are included in the course fees. Metals, findings and a variety of stones are available for purchase at the school or feel free to bring your own to work with. However, gold can be ordered in advance as required per student and paid for on receipt. We do not hold gold on site.


Suitable for Intermediate level students.





2½ Hours

8 Weeks

Improver Course: Working with Gold


Nerissa Parker

You will learn

  • How to recognise Assay marks
  • How to Assay jewellery
  • How to melt gold
  • How to solder gold
  • How to mill & draw down gold
  • How to use Keum-boo foil
  • How to gold plate