• Image
    Werger.dark silver gold and quartz nest earrings
  • Image
    Werger.dark silver and gold pendants
  • Image
    Werger.folder gold and dark silver drop earrings
  • Image
    Werger.Gold Pendant Circles and Turquoise Necklace
  • Image
    Werger.Gold Pendant
  • Image
    Werger.silver and gold bangle with stone
  • Image
    Werger.Gold Pendant Leaf Necklace and Oblong Gold Pendant
  • Image
    Werger.Two Gold and Silver Cuffs with Stones
  • Image
    Werger.hammered bracelets with patina

Combining Gold and Silver without Breaking the Bank!

This three-session virtual class is designed for students ready to take the next steps in design and fabrication by learning to add gold to their work, with emphasis placed on their purse strings! Each sessions will focus on soldering gold to silver, fusing gold to silver, and making patterned sheet with gold. Paulette will demonstrate using recycled 18k gold - scraps, filings, and wire bits - to make ring shanks, earrings, gold bezel settings and more. Learn to recycle old gold jewelry, abandoned projects, or melted gold bezels into new designs and sharpen your skills by focusing on the intricacies that come from combining gold and Argentium silver at the same time! Students will receive syllabus, handouts, and design prompts for each class. 

Meet the instructor

photo of

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.


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: 

  • 1"x3" x Argentium sheet - 22g dead soft (Rio Grande)

  • 6" min. x Argentium bezel strip - 28g (Rio Grande)

  • 1" min. x 14k gold bezel wires

  • 1" min. x 14k gold round wire

  • 1" min. x gold sheet solder - 22g

  • 6" wire or 1" sheet x medium Argentium solder


Torch setup:


Hand tools:


Other/miscellaneous items: 

  • IF YOU HAVE IT, recycle and reuse it!

    • scrap gold any karat

    • melted gold bezels

    • gold silver filings

    • gold scrap and wire bits

  • hard work surface

  • fan and open window - or ventilation system

  • safety glasses 

  • pencil, Sharpie, notebook

  • rags/towels


Stay Connected