Fold forming and keum boo workshop a Silver Peak Studio Louisville CO

Intro to Fold Forming and Keum-Boo

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Learn how to add both dimensionality and high karat gold (at a fairly low price) to your work! 

In this class, you will learn two great techniques: fold-forming and keum boo. We will use fold-forming to add texture and line to our fine silver earring blanks. Then, we will add keum boo to the raised line for color and value. Earring blanks can then be blackened, if desired. 

Students will learn:

  • Annealing
  • Fold forming
  • Silver prep for keum-boo
  • Application of high karat gold
  • Finishing: oxidation of silver
If time permits, we will also make a small matching pendant. 

Prerequisite: None

Class is 4 hours with a 20 minute break for lunch. We have a mini fridge and microwave, a separate lunch room and a deck with a mountain view where you can relax on your break. We also have Nespresso coffee, tea, and snacks available for purchase.

Tools and Materials

Tools will be provided.

Materials kit fee: TBD. Materials kit includes fine silver, sterling silver earwire, and gold for Keum-boo. 

Cancellation Policy:  Last day to cancel for a full refund is October 22, 2022. We will email you 5 days before class with all the details that you need for the start of class.

About the instructor, Chris Weston


Chris WestonChris Weston graduated from Haywood Community College in North Carolina with an A.A.S. degree in Professional Crafts/Jewelry. He also has a B.A. in English from Dartmouth College and an M.A. in TESL/Secondary Education from the University of New Mexico. He has taken workshops around the country from notable jewelry artists that include Charles Lewton-Brain, Carrie Adell, Julia Turner, Chris Darway, and Sarah Obrecht, among others. In 2000, he attended The Istituto Pietro Selvatico, in Padova, Italy, where he studied goldsmithing with Graziano Visintin.

He began his teaching career in Japan in 1985, and eventually transitioned from teaching English as a foreign language to teaching high school art in 2001, when he became a high school art teacher for Las Cruces Public Schools. While in Las Cruces, he also started teaching adult jewelry classes in the continuing education program for Dona Ana Community College.

Since moving to Colorado in 2016, he has taught jewelry workshops for Boulder Metalsmithing Association and Life Long Learning. He is currently teaching specialty workshops at Silver Peak Studio.