Upcoming Jewelry/Metal Arts Classes

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Jewelry/Metal Arts Department

Bette Barnett

Bette Barnett

Bette Barnett

Bette Barnett

Instructor: Bette Barnett
March 22–24, 2019 (Friday–Sunday, 9:30am–4:30pm)
All levels

LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE! Please call the Mendocino Art Center Registrar to register for this class:
707 937-5818, ext. 10 or toll-free 800 653-3328, ext. 10


Steel is an amazing metal – strong, light weight and malleable. One of the most fascinating characteristics of steel is its affinity for gold. Simply put, steel “loves” gold and marrying the two results in dramatic mixed metals jewelry that responds to today’s aesthetic for work that ranges from bold and rich to gritty and rustic.

In this three-day workshop, you will learn how to create dramatic steel and gold jewelry. We’ll cover how to work with mild (cold rolled) steel and explore techniques required to create jewelry from steel, including sourcing, cutting, forming, texturing, patinating and finishing.

During the workshop you will learn how to alloy and roll our own gold, torch-fuse gold to steel and apply gold to steel using the Keum Boo technique. At the completion of the workshop, you’ll have at least one finished piece and other in-progress work that you can complete in your own studio. You’ll also come away with the skills you need to create dramatic, eye-catching steel and gold jewelry.

The Susan E. Wood Jewelry Studio is available for use for a fee the days following your workshop should you like to continue practicing new skills or finish projects started in class. For more details or to schedule extra workdays, please contact Nancy Gardner, Jewelry Coordinator/Studio Manager.

Since 2013 BETTE BARNETT has devoted her work to exploring and experimenting with gold and steel jewelry. Beginning her jewelry career in 2010, Bette learned basic skills through private and group lessons with seasoned jewelers and teachers. In 2013 Bette began studying the steel/gold processes and continued in advanced workshops with the late Chris Nelson, whose explorations of ancient Japanese techniques were instrumental in launching widespread interest in applying fine gold to steel. She has built on those studies by perfecting additional techniques and processes, including Keum Boo and galvanic etching of steel. Currently she is developing techniques to fuse various alloys to steel, including shibuichi and shakudo. Bette will be a featured guest speaker at the Santa Fe Symposium 2020.

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Current MAC Members: $310
Non-members: $345 plus a $45 non-member registration fee

There is a registration fee of $45 for each class for non-members. Current Mendocino Art Center members do not pay a registration fee and may take 10% off each class registration. The discount is reflected in the prices above. Not a member yet? You may sign up below.
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Cancellations must be made in writing, either by mail or email. If you notify us at least 21 days prior to the first class meeting, you will receive a refund of tuition less a $45 cancellation fee. No refunds will be made after that date for any reason due to our contractual obligations and material acquisitions. If the Art Center is compelled to cancel a class you will receive a full tuition refund. Memberships are non-refundable as they are considered a donation to the Art Center.

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