Introduction to Gold: Alloying to Fabrication

Course Description

About this course

Learn the art of goldsmithing from alloying to fabrication. This workshop is designed for people who have a firm grasp on silver soldering and fabricating and want to explore the option of working with gold. Students will start with learning the steps to alloy their own gold, then use ingot molds to pour molten gold, form it into sheet or wire, and use the material to fabricate small projects. Students will begin to understand gold in its natural state (nuggets, dendrites, flake and ore) and then transform the gold from its crystalline form to liquid and back to crystalline to become the material with which goldsmiths work. Soldering and polishing will be demonstrated as well as designing to achieve the maximum results from their investment in gold. 

This class is a must for those who wish to make a living as a jeweler and achieve maximum earnings potential by understanding one of the earth’s most precious natural recourses. This is a special 5 day class and it gives students the opportunity to design and create a piece in 14 or 18k gold. Because of the investment in materials, students are encouraged to do a two tone project in gold and silver. Students are encouraged to bring in some pure gold to alloy as well as old gold to be tested and recycled into usable material. Not only will we be using recycled gold from a “GREEN SOURCE”, but we will also reclaim usable gold from the old jewelry that students bring to class.



Meet the Instructor

Wayne Werner

Wayne Werner is a third generation metal smith from Baltimore. He has made his living as a maker for over 15 years. He has traveled around the world to learn with metal workers from Italy and Egypt to Java and Bali. Specializing in cold forging precious metals, Werner has incorporated the traditional techniques of gold and platinum smithing with his artistic vision of paying homage to the fertility cults of the ancient world.

Werner's work explores the relationship to metals liquid opus and the opus of mankind, both being a product of the earth cooling down. Through his work Werner attempts to remind people of the miracle of life and the cosmic happening that we all are.

Primarily making a living retailing his work, Werner has participated in over 200 high-end craft shows nationally. He has received many awards for his work including the World Gold Council's Gold Distinction award and the MJSA Vision award for Mokume Gane. Werner is a former instructor at the Fuji Studio in Florence, Italy, and is adjunct faculty at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore Md. In 2006 He was asked to demonstrate his craft at The Mint Museum of Craft and Design in Charlotte, NC. An event marking his 40th birthday.

Materials & Tools 

The materials fee for this workshop is dependent on how much gold each student would like to work with. Students should expect to pay $25 for solder, alloy, sandpaper, flux, fire coat, and other materials necessary for completing exercises and projects.


$50 per student for approximately 1/20 of an ounce of gold


$100 per student for approximately 1/10 of an ounce of gold


* the amount of gold provided is up to the student and should be stated when signing up for the class so we can be sure to have enough gold on hand for each student. In the comments section of your order in checkout, please specify if you would like to have access to 1/20 ounce or 1/10 ounce of gold. If students wish to purchase their own material in addition to what they receive in class, they may do so. 

Students should bring 
  • Scrap gold that you would like to learn how to melt down and use.
    • *Note: because soldered gold cannot be remelted with the solder in place, the solder must be removed. Gold chains and things with solder do not recycle well. However half round wedding bands, settings, and heavy link chains and pendants do very well. If we can see a solder seam and cut it out we can remelt the gold and use it. Please consider this when choosing scrap to bring to class. Chain can always be used for other things so feel free to bring it along.
  • Some silver sheet or wire for projects. 18-22 gauge is fine.
  • Other things you have made and ideas you have for gold work.
  • Photos of gold work that you wonder about.
  • 3 new soldering picks (or ones that have been used for gold only)
  • Saw blades
  • Charcoal block
  • Tweezers
  • A planishing or goldsmiths hammer
  • A collection of drill bits and burs if you have them
  • Apron

Metalwerx has these items available for shared use, but please feel free to bring your own if you already own them:

  • Pliers
  • Ring mandrel if you have one
  • Safety glasses
  • Files



Materials Cost

Payable to instructor in class.


Wayne Werner


July 25 -29, 2018


10:00 AM -5:00 PM


5 days

Intermediate and above
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