A Touch of Gold: The Keum-boo Process


July 16 – 17, 2019


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Keum-boo is a beautiful and cost effective technique used to bond pure gold and silver to the surface of jewelry and hollowware. In this workshop you will learn all the basics: rolling your own 24k gold or fine silver foil, applying it to three dimensional, flat, and textured metal surfaces, and techniques for finishing. Jayne will be demonstrating unique ways she has developed to use the technique in production as well as one-of-a-kind work in silver and 18k gold. Students will be creating samples in class and may bring finished pieces (with stones unset) in sterling, fine silver and argentium.

All students will be rolling their own gold foil. 30ga. 24K gold sheet can be purchased from Rio Grande, #608030. I will have some on hand for students to buy. Right now (April 18th) a piece, 30ga. x ½” x ½” is about $36.00. It would yield a piece .02mm thick in dimensions of ½” x 5” or 6” or 1” x 2.5” or 3” depending on how it is rolled.

Pre-rolled Keum-boo foil, .003mm, can be purchased from Rio Grande for about $84, #623013, – 800-545-6566, or Allcraft Tool and Supply – 800-645-7124. Allcraft has two thicknesses and the overall dimensions are larger than Rio Grande’s. The thinner one for $149 is similar to Rio Grande’s, the thicker for $295, is twice as thick.


Additional information

Student Supplies

Sterling silver or Argentium to Keum-Boo for samples
Gloves to protect your hands from the heat
Vellum, tracing and file folder paper
Scotch tape
Two crosslock tweezers, like Rio Grande #115206
Precision pattern tweezer like Rio Grande #115012
Small paint brush with NATURAL bristles
Containers for water
Small containers to hold cut keum-boo materials
Exacto knife, scissors, paper punches, decorative edge scissors, or any other cutting devices from craft stores
Nail polish and remover to use as a mask for patinas
* If you have a specific project in mind, bring the small hand tools such as files, pliers, etc., you will need. It may be a good idea to bring your own flexible shaft.

Keum-Boo on Silver by Celie Fago, Rio Grande #550-605
Finished pieces in sterling or Argentium to apply gold to