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Demo: Painting with Powdered Metals with Bette Barnett - April 24

Demo: Painting with Powdered Metals with Bette Barnett - April 24

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In this pop-up demonstration, steel artist Bette Barnett will introduce an exciting new technique—Painting with Powdered Metals on steel. Non-ferrous powdered metals—gold, silver, bronzes and brasses—fuse beautifully to mild steel.

Using this new painting-with-powdered-metals technique, multiple metals can be fused concurrently and layered in a painterly fashion to achieve dramatic effects. The many commercial sources of powdered metals will be covered during the demo, as well as the process for grinding gold and other metals that are not available for purchase. 

In addition, various methods for fusing the layers of powdered metals will be demonstrated.  Examples of finished work with this new technique will be shared.


  • 1.5 contact hours, ages 14+ at our Studio Classroom located at 100.5 E Cleveland St., Lafayette CO
  • # students: 3 minimum, 6 maximum 
  • Prerequisite: none

By registering for this workshop, you agree to our cancellation policy, dress code, and studio rules.

About the instructor, Bette Barnett: Studio Jeweler, Educator, Author

Bette Barnett photo

Bette began her jewelry career in 2010, studying under expert jewelers and learning basic metalworking techniques. In 2013 she began studying the steel/gold fusing processes and continued with advanced workshops with the late Chris Nelson, who pioneered fusing gold to steel in the United States. She built on those studies by perfecting additional techniques and processes, including the ancient Korean art of
Keum Boo applied to steel, fusing alternative metals and alloys to steel, fusing powdered metals to steel and working with various forms of steel such as wire, perforated sheet and woven mesh.

Bette actively pursues research into working with steel and has published articles on the topic in Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist and MJSD Journal. In addition, she was selected by the Santa Fe Symposium to author a research paper entitled “Steel Jewelry—Expanding the Horizons of Steel and Gold,” which she presented in May 2022. She is authoring a book entitled Creating Steel Jewelry, which is scheduled for publication by Artisan ideas in 2024. Her work is featured in Artful Home, a leading website and catalog offering fine works of art.

She has taught workshops throughout the U.S. for leading schools and guilds, including Metalwerx, Silvera Jewelry School, Mendocino Art Center, Danaca Design, Florida Society of Goldsmiths, Urban Metal Studio, Adams Forge and more. She offers virtual workshops for as well as in-person workshops.

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