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Prerequisite: Metalsmithing 1


This four-day workshop is an exploration in creating steel jewelry, with an emphasis on two techniques: electro-etching and Keum Boo. Whether you have experience working with steel or are new to this fabulous metal, this workshop will provide the skills you need to create beautiful etched steel jewelry with the glow of gold using the Keum Boo process.


Whether intaglio or high relief, etching adds beautiful dimension to steel jewelry. The addition of Keum Boo—gold foil bonded to metal—elevates etched steel to a whole new level by creating a play of light and shadow across the dimensional surface. This workshop is all about creating intense drama by electro-etching steel and then adding a layer of fine gold or fine silver foil (or a combination of the two) that bonds seamlessly to the hills and valleys of the etched surface.

In this workshop, students will learn:


  • Basics of steel. Understand the characteristics of steel, how to buy steel, different forms of steel (sheet, wire, mesh and perforated sheet) and basics of working with steel (cleaning, cutting, sawing, filing, soldering, texturing, and forming).
  • Resists for etching. Work with different types of resists for creating original designs for etching including oil paint, laser transfers, stencils and tape. You will learn to cut your own stencil resist using an electric heat pen.
  • Etching set-up. Prepare the electro-etching station, including the etchant and power source. Use different power sources, including batteries and a rectifier.
  • Etching process. Monitor the etching process to achieve the best results. Troubleshoot any problems.
  • Keum Boo/Eun Boo on etched steel. Work with gold and silver foil to prepare it for the Keum Boo/Eun Boo process. Bond the foil to steel using a torch or a small tabletop kiln.
  • Patinas. Patinate your steel jewelry. We will work with several types of patinas, including heat and chemical in a wide range of colors and effects.
  • Sealers. Seal steel jewelry to protect it for years to come. We will work with different types of sealers, including oil, wax and lacquer.


During the workshop you will have an opportunity to create at least two pieces of dramatic etched steel jewelry with Keum Boo. The instructor will be available throughout the class for advice and problem solving.


Basic metal working skills are needed for this workshop, such as sawing, filing and basic forming. Experience with a torch will be helpful although not essential.


MATERIALS KIT $75 is in addition to your tuition, and is payable directly to the instructor. Kit includes the following: Decocolor paint pen, adhesive-backed stencils, Laser printed patterns for creating a transfer, 12x12" piece of 20g mild cold rolled steel (scraps also available), 2x2" 24k gold foil sheet, Japanese silver foil 4” square sheet, metal wax sealer sample, handouts including patterns for two class projects, course presentation handouts, and materials resource sheets.



Bring your metalsmithing toolbox including the following items:

  • Joyce Chen Shears or similar
  • Burnishers (at least two in any style, agate, steel, etc.)
  • Optional: Laser printed designs for transfer to metals printed on a glossy paper stock. (Instructor will also provide a sampling of transfers.)

Your preferred handtools such as:

  • Jeweler's Saw Frame, 2/0 blades, and wax/bur life
  • Center punch/Scribe
  • Jeweler’s ruler (6-inch)
  • Dividers
  • Flat nose, round nose, and chain nose pliers
  • Flushcut Wire Cutters
  • Your favorite hand files such as Half-round Habilis and/or Barette files cut #00–#2Needle files cut #0–#2
  • Bezel roller
  • Sandpaper/Sanding Sticks in 220, 320, 400 and 600 grit
  • Your favorite Polishing wheels and attachments for FlexShaft
  • N95, KN95 or P95 face mask
  • Safety Glasses


  • Apron
  • Eye Magnification




  • Once you have enrolled and paid tuition, there are no refunds or credits for Master Series Workshops if you are unable to attend.
  • By enrolling in a Master Series workshop, you affirm your acceptance of our no refunds policy and represent to us that you possess the appropriate skills to comply with the prerequisites.
  • Check your calendar carefully and choose wisely before enrolling.
  • In the event that DJS must cancel the workshop, a refund or credit will be issued.


Bette Barnett • Light & Shadow, Etching & Keum Boo on Steel: Apr 20–23, 2024

SKU: 024903
  • Metalsmithing 1

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