Alchemists' Workshop with Jim Dailing for April
Saturday and Sunday, April 16 & 17 from 9 am to 5 pm.
$345 for BoMA members, $395 for non-members. Become a member to take advantage of discounted pricing for all our classes.
Additional materials fee payable to instructor in class.
For more information about the class and our cancellation policy, see below.
Create your own gold alloys, mill the new metals into sheet and wire and then learn to fabricate your newly created objects using gold soldering and fusing. Learn about gold alloys and the unique personalities of the metal in its various compositions. There are a lot more options than what commercial suppliers offer. Beginning with a quantity of your own pure gold, learn to calculate and mix it with other metals, resulting in the karats and colors of your choice in shades of red, green, grey and yellow. Watch and learn how to forge and mill, sheet and wire as you begin to fabricate a project of your own design. Demonstrations include how to use gold solders, fuse metal and use cold connections. Students learn what each karat and color of gold is like to work with as far as malleability, work hardening and annealing during the process of creating jewelry.
Intermediate to advanced metalsmithing skills are required for this class.
Closed-toed shoes and a tie for long hair are required in the studio.
About the Instructor
Jim received his BFA from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and my MFA from the Tyler School of Art and has been making a living as a jewelry designer since 1984 when he worked for Maui Divers in Hawaii. Jim has taught at the University of Oregon, Portland University and more recently at the Central Oregon Community College. He's also taught many jewelry making workshops and classes across the country.
Check out his website to see more of Jim's work!
Students need to bring
Students will be providing as much pure gold as they can afford and want to bring. Jim suggests bringing a full ounce, but ½ ounce will work.
Purchasing a pure gold coin is much more cost-effective than 24k casting grain, which comes at a premium. Using a shear, Jim will demonstrate the most efficient way to divide up the material. It is recommended that students bring a coin weighing 1/2 ounce to 1 ounce. The more gold you have, the more alloying options and fabricating you'll be able to complete.
Jim suggests the Canadian Maple Leaf or Krugerrand coins, but any pure gold coin will do. Locally, gold coins can be purchased at Tebo Coins in Boulder OR you can buy gold online at APMEX where many professional jewelers purchase their metals.
Keep in mind, the price of gold is only going up over time!
Any hand tools that a student would normally work with including
- jeweler’s saw and blades
- sanding sticks/pads/paper
- Optics for close up work is suggested.
Materials Kit (Supplied by Instructor)*$25
Fine silver and copper needed for alloying.
*Materials kit purchase is required for all our workshops. The kit insures all students have the same tools and materials required to learn the technique and allows the instructor and the students to focus on the technique rather than the materials
Maximum number of students: 12. Students will be required to sign a waiver. Participants must be 18 or older.
- You may cancel up to 30 days prior to the start of the class and receive a full refund, less $25 processing. To cancel, send an email to email@example.com.
- Cancellations less than 30 days prior to the start date will not be refunded.
- In the event we have to cancel a class, you will be notified prior to the start date and will be issued a full refund.
- Registration is not transferrable. You may not sell your seat to another student.
- If a class has multiple sessions, and you miss one, there is no make up opportunity and the instructor will not catch you up at the next class session. You may not join the next scheduled class, as there’s a maximum number of students for every class and it’s not fair to the other students.
- Please plan extra time to find us if you’re coming to BoMA for the first time. If you are late to a class, the instructor will not catch you up. There’s a structured curriculum for every class and its not fair to other students to skip part of the curriculum to catch up a student who’s late.
- Snow. Colorado has frequent snowstorms in the winter and does a good job maintaining their roads in the snow. Snowy weather is a regular occurrence in our area and most people are accustomed to traveling under such conditions. Classes will be cancelled only in the case of inclement weather conditions that would make class attendance unsafe. If the National Weather Services issues a Winter Storm Warning for the time period of the class, we will cancel the class. https://www.weather.gov/bou/winterguide
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