Jewellery techniques: Keum Boo
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Course Code: VV908
Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)
What is the course about?
The course is about discovering the many ways in which a metal surface can be enhanced by the application of gold foil, to a prepared silver surface. You will learn to apply texture to prepared surfaces to emphasise further the beauty of the contrasting colours of gold and silver.
What will we cover?
- Depletion gilding or ‘silvering’ the metal surface in preparation.
- Cutting gold foil
- Adhesion of gold foil to the silver surface by means of heat and pressure
- The decorative potential of the gold overlay process
- Use of the rolling mill to add texture to the metal
- Possibilities and limitations of the Keum Boo process
- Soldering ‘findings’ to jewellery pieces
- Specific finishing’ processes.
- Health and safety in the jewellery studio
- The importance of making your own notes to reinforce your learning and to supplement course handouts and
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Prepare the silver surface by ‘depletion gilding’
- Cut decorative shapes from gold foil
- Adhere gold foil to the surface of silver pieces by means of heat and pressure
- Use the rolling mill safely
- Identify where to obtain tools, materials and information relevant to what you have learned
- Recognise the potential, and the limitations, of the process
- Discuss and use your new skills and knowledge in your further jewellery making practice
- Work within health and safety guidelines
- Use appropriate technical vocabulary to describe and evaluate your experience.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is suitable for beginners, and those who already have experience in jewellery making. Learners who are new to jewellery making will gain confidence in the use of jewellery studio basics, such as the use of the gas torch for annealing, using the piercing saw to cut out metal shapes, and the use of files to refine and the work piece.
Learners with experience of jewellery making will discover ways to expand their repertoire of skills, and will be enabled to continue to use these new skills in their continuing jewellery practice, in class or in their own studio.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions. You should be able to understand the hand-outs for health and safety information. You should be able to use numbers and be able to do simple measurements and calculations.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Teaching will be by demonstration to the group and to individual learners. The emphasis is on one to one
encouragement. The course is studio based. By way of preliminary research go to www.ganoksin.com, and have a look in ‘tips from the jewellers bench’, search words: keum boo.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
City Lit will provide 1/4 sheet of gold foil for each learner, and most studio basics are supplied. You will need to bring silver to work with. Copper and brass will not work with this process. You are advised that sensible footwear must be worn in studio 308. For health and safety reasons, no sandals, open shoes and small pumps can be worn – even in hot weather.
Please bring your own apron and safety glasses.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
City Lit offer a wide range of short and year long courses in Jewellery design and making, from beginners to advanced, and for professional development.
Browse our current offer for complemtary courses.
Trained at the prestigious Sir John Cass School of Art, Design and Architecture, graduating with an honours degree in Silversmithing, Jewellery and Allied Crafts, followed by post-graduate extended studies and teaching qualifications. Several of Felix’s students have won prizes for their work created in her classes, at City Lit and elsewhere. Recently she has been involved in developing a training programme in India, teaching women jewellery making skills helping them towards economic independence. She contributes freelance journalism to publications concerned with contemporary jewellery and maintains her bespoke studio practice and research.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.