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    Werger.Gold Pendant Circles and Turquoise Necklace
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    Werger.Gold Pendant
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    Werger.Gold Pendant Leaf Necklace and Oblong Gold Pendant
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    Werger.Two Gold and Silver Cuffs with Stones
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    Werger.Gold Earrings with Pearls

Bi-Metallic: Working with 18k Gold and Sterling Bimetal

This three-week virtual class will cover the basics of working with bimetal from designing, texturing, soldering to other metals to forming and more!

Bi-metal sheet is an ideal material for jewelers who require karat gold accents. It consists of a layer of karat gold bonded to a layer of sterling silver. The karat gold layer can be engraved, patterned, roll printed, or removed by any method to expose the sterling silver layer underneath to create interesting surface embellishments and designs. It can be formed, soldered to other metals, and have Keum-boo applied to it. A versatile and wonderful way of adding gold to your work without incurring the cost of solid gold sheet. The goal of this class is to use 18k bimetal in a variety of ways to create new work with bits of gold!!  

Meet the instructor

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Paulette Werger is a metalsmith and teacher who works in Lebanon, NH. She sells her work both nationally and internationally and is owner of Metalpeople East, a jewelry and hollow ware studio.  She has taught metalsmithing at the University of WI, Montana State University, and at craft schools throughout the country. She serves as trustee for Society of Arts and Crafts and is a former board member of SNAG.

 

Materials & Tools

The following supplies will be used for course demonstrations and objectives. A suggested item and/or vendor has been provided below for reference. Click the vendor name to be redirected to a page where you can view the item. The quantities needed for each item are listed first. If ordering, please be aware that some items may come in larger quantities than needed for this class. We recommend not opening an item's packaging until the day of the workshop. Student participation during or in-between class sessions is not required - observers are welcome.

 

Metal/raw materials (to order from Shine BiMetal, call 1-800-710-1050 or email [email protected] - Shine BiMetal cannot accommodate sheet orders smaller than 3"x3"): 

  • 2"x2" or 1"x3" min. x 18k bimetal - 22g or 24g (Shine BiMetal, LLC)

  • 6" min. x Argentium® round wire - 20g, 16g, and 14g (Rio Grande)

  • 1" min. x Argentium® sheet solder - medium (Rio Grande)

  • additional silver sheet and/or wire you want to work with

 

Torch setup:

 

Hand tools:

 

Other/miscellaneous items: 

  • hard work surface

  • fan and open window - or ventilation system

  • safety glasses 

  • pencil, Sharpie, notebook

  • rags/towels

  • file folder, paper punches, decorative scissors

 

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