Keum Boo Applications

Course Description

About this course

Keum boo is a cost-efficient way to incorporate high karat gold into jewelry designs, while simultaneously adding pattern, color, and dimension. In this workshop, students will use this ancient Korean technique of bonding high karat gold foil to silver. Embellishment techniques such as roller printing and adding a patina, will also be demonstrated to enhance and emphasize metal surfaces.

Rolling gold foil allows for variation on foil thickness to one’s taste and is a bit more economical for those who plan to do a lot of 'keum-booing’ and have access to a rolling mill.  Wendy will demonstrate rolling gold sheet into foil, showing students how to have total control over their gold usage. There will be time for students to practice this technique if they wish, however, this is optional in order to keep materials fees affordable. Ready-to-use foil is provided in the materials kit.

The class will be a combination of teacher demonstrations with ample time built in for student practice and fabrication. As time allows, students are encouraged to use their samples to make a basic pair of earrings or a pendant.




Meet the Instructor

Wendy Jo New

"Growing up, I always was mesmerized by sparkling gemstones and metals and I often incorporate something illuminating into my designs. Whether or not I intricately plan a jewelry piece in advance of producing it or just spontaneously fabricate one as I go along, the result is inevitably something that is unique with a contemporary flair that complements, rather than overwhelms, a wearer. When designing jewelry or other metal work, I always think about whether I would wear it, use it, and/or display it. Anyone who knows me sees a reflection of me in what I design.

I produce fine contemporary jewelry and other metal designs primarily in the precious metals of silver, argentium, gold, and/or palladium. These are often further defined with the addition of texturing, gemstones and other unique lapidary, or resin inlay. I also manufacture photo-etched metal cover plates which may be attached to journals or framed. Larger etchings are used in buildings as entry door logos, addresses, and the like.

In addition to participating in art shows, sales, and doing commission work, I love providing instruction in jewelry design and metal fabrication.  My work can be seen and purchased at galleries and stores, as well as in my own online store.  Designing and fabricating engagement and wedding bands and other jewelry, often with people's stones, is particularly meaningful to me."


Materials & Tools 

There is a $40 materials kit for this course, which is payable upon registration. The kit includes 24 kt gold foil as well as fine, sterling, and Argentium silver and findings.

Students should bring 

Students Should Bring:

  • Basic metals hand tools (saw blades, files, sanding sticks)
  • An exacto knife—the thin handled type


  • Roll your own gold foil - optional: Students may bring a small piece of 24k gold sheet (even 22k works) to roll in the rolling mill if they wish to practice making their own foil.
  • Cotton or leather gloves if you are sensitive to heat
  • Material for roller printing (i.e., sandpaper, cardboard stock, lace, netting—no steel)
  • Steel or agate burnisher (Metalwerx also has these available for use during class)

**If you normally wear contact lenses, please make sure to wear or bring your glasses for this class.



Materials Cost



Wendy Jo New


December 20, 2019


10:00 AM -5:00 PM


1 day

Basic and above
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