Date: June 22 & 23, 2024

Time: 10 AM – 6 PM

Location: Adam’s Forge

Prerequisite: None this is an introductory workshop.

Suggested skill level: Beginner through advanced. Anyone with metal working skills, whether blacksmiths, bladesmiths or jewelers, will benefit from this workshop. Basic forming/forging skills (cold and/or hot) are very helpful, though not essential. The emphasis is on the surface techniques that you can add to enhance your current approach to metal smithing.

Please note: This class takes place both Saturday and Sunday from 10:00am – 6:00pm

Instructor: Bette Barnett

Looking for a way to differentiate your work? Want to take it up a notch to distinguish your creations from all the others? This two-day class is designed for metalsmiths of all types who want to stretch beyond their current comfort zones by adding dimension and drama to their work through texturing and Keum Boo. Whether you are a blacksmith, bladesmith or jeweler, you will learn how to add interest and eye-appeal to your work through:

  • Stamping, hammering and rolling: creating raised relief patterns that add visual and tactile interest to the surface of your work.
  • Keum Boo on steel. Bonding fine gold and silver foil to the textured surface emphasizing the play of light and adding a touch of bling.

With these techniques, you’ll be able to heighten the impact and appeal of your creations, whether adornment, decoration or functional.

Topics Covered

  • Basics of working with steel sheet—sourcing, cutting, sawing, forming and soldering.
  • Texturing steel—using stamps, punches and the rolling mill.
  • Keum Boo—adding a flash of gold or silver by bonding precious metal foil to steel using this ancient Korean technique.
  • Patinas and sealers—finishing your work by adding a patina and sealing it for protection against rust and corrosion.

Curriculum

Each day will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with one hour break for lunch.

Day 1—Basics and Texturing

  • Metals—working with mild steel sheet. Cutting, sawing, forming, piercing
  • Texturing – using hand forging with various tools to create surface texture

Day 2—Keum Boo and Finishing

  • Keum Boo on steel—handling and cutting precious metals foils, using heat and burnishing to bond the foil to steel. Note: Silver foil will be included in the class supplies. Gold foil will be available for purchase in various quantities.
  • Patinas and sealers—using different chemical patinas and and applying sealers (oil, wax and lacquer) to protect your work.

Skill Level

Anyone with metalworking skills, whether blacksmiths, bladesmiths or jewelers, will benefit from this workshop. Basic forming /forging skills (cold and/or hot) are very helpful, though not essential.

The emphasis is on the surface techniques that you can add to enhance your current approach to metal smithing.

Materials and Supplies

The following supplies are included in the fee for the workshop:

  • 20 gauge mild steel sheet (12″ x 6″)
  • 3/8″ mild steel rod (8″)
  • Silver foil (4″ x 4″ sheet)
  • Optional: Highest quality gold foil will be available for purchase at a cost of $25 per square inch. Only available in 1 increments of 1 square inch.