Enriching lives through art and craft

Gold on a Budget

October 8 - 13, 2023

Alex Boyd  ·  alexboydstudio.com

Workshop at a glance

Learn how to stretch high karat gold for maximum visual impact without breaking the bank.


  • 22k and sterling silver bi-metal fabrication
  • Gold-sheathed sterling silver ring fabrication
  • Gold-rimmed bezel fabrications
  • Patination and texture techniques


  • 22k gold
  • Sterling silver
  • Various faceted and cabochon gemstones


  • New techniques to improve your art
  • Create a unique piece of jewelry

Artist Bio

When Alex Boyd was a young boy he stole an enchanted ring from a powerful bruja. That night his slumber was disturbed by a tapping at his window. When he slid the window open a huge raven rushed in, flew around the room and perched on his bookshelf. “I know what you have taken from me,” the raven cawed. “I don’t know what you’re talking about,” Alex lied, hiding his bejeweled finger behind his back. “No matter. It is your problem now. The wearer of that ring is indentured to create more talismans of power, either for 1000 years or until he makes something so sublime, so perfect, so beautiful that the spell is broken and he is freed.” “1000 years it is,” Alex said as he thrust the raven out the window and slammed it shut behind her. He has been making jewelry ever since.

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Workshop Description

In this workshop students will learn how to mix sterling silver and 22k gold for the making of jewelry. The techniques covered in class will include making bi-metal sheet, sheathing sterling silver rings with a thin but durable layer of gold, building gold-rimmed bezel settings for cabochons and faceted stones, fabrication techniques to keep the contrast between metals sharp and defined. Participants will have the opportunity to employ these techniques in a manner that reflects their own aesthetic, leaving the workshop with a unique piece of jewelry as well as many new techniques and skills to explore and implement in their own work. This is not a beginner-level class, but open to advanced-intermediate to advanced-skill levels.

COURSE FEE: $690  ·  materials list

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In order to complete your registration, a $300 deposit is required.

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Call 865-436-5860 with questions about registering for this workshop.

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