UPDATED: Tonya Davidson| Steel and High Karat Fused Gold | Thursday, February 6th, 2020 | 9:00 am until 4:30 pm and 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm


A great one day workshop to try your hand at fusing high karat gold to steel creating new work that captures attention.  Not only will we be working with steel and fusing gold to the surface without solder, but we’ll also load up your toolbox with other tips and tricks in mixing metals with silver! 

Let’s make a fantastic ring or pendant!  You choose and I’ll guide you along with your design, using organic and geometric shapes of your choosing, to learn the techniques and create a masterpiece you can wear that is both fun and elegant and not to mention…”high dollar”!

-working with steel and high karat gold (22, 20, 18kt)

-soldering steel to sterling

-soldering techniques and setups

-forming techniques

-fusing high karat gold to steel to create a bi-metal

-patina and finishing steel

-where to buy supplies and materials

Each piece will be unique and an individual expression of your artistry. To give you the biggest bang for your buck, class will start online Jan 7th in a dedicated Facebook group.  Worried that by the time you get set up to start working and you forget a step?  No worries! We have our very own Facebook group for ongoing mentorship in further developing your work.  This is an extra perk when taking my classes.  Can’t wait to have you in class!

Only 3 left in stock


Instructor: Tonya Davidson

Title of Class: Steel and High Karat Fused Gold

Date of Class: 02/06/2020

Time: 9:00 am until 4:30 pm and 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm

Level: Intermediate

Type: Technique and project

Class Fee: $250

Kit Fee: $105 (payable to instructor (cash only) at class time) Please note: the materials fees for the kit may increase as the market fluctuates (fee based on $16 silver $1400 gold).

Kit Fee Includes

Previously alloyed, rolled and prepared 18, 20, and 22kt gold ready to be fused to your steel

Small container of special flux for steel fusing

Steel sheet and shapes to choose from

Sterling heavy wall tubing

Silver solder

Small container of special flux for steel soldering

Fine tweezers

Strip of 4” sterling silver crazy 8 wire

Instructor will have the following for use in class:

Several torches

A stump with a vise and bender

A second stump with a forming tool

Torches, Firebricks, and Ceramic Surfaces


2 Crockpots with Special Pickle

Foredoms and their stands for texturing, finishing

Foredom Polishing Lathe with Wheels

Acetone, Patinas and Sealers

Heat Guns


Plastic Stencils

A small assortment of hammers and stamps for forming and texturing

Student Supply List

An assortment of 2-4mm wide, 26-22g, sterling wires (half dome, rectangle, square, and sheet) for options for the “neck” of the pendant

Mask- I love the 3M Aura Particulate Respirator 9211+/37193(AAD) N95( available at Amazon) or the RZ Mask

Ear Plugs/Hearing Protection

Safety glasses and closed toed shoes

Magnifiers –I like the ShiRaRa (available at Rio Grande) or the Telesight Magnifiers (Telesightmagnifier.com)

Towel or Rag


Notebook/Pencil or Pen

An assortment of Sharpies  or I highly prefer the Dykem Brite-Mark Medium Tip Dye Marker in Blue (available at Amazon)

** A small short stiff ¼” stencil brush (required)

6” stainless steel ruler

Machinist Square


Digital Caliper

Miter Vise

Steel Bench Block

Bench Pin that attaches to table

Split Mandrel with 180/220/320 strips of sandpaper pre-cut or I like the Mounted Aluminum Oxide Sandpaper Cartridge Rolls (available from Rio like 337061)

Assorted Texture Hammers (not your best Fretz hammers – old antique finds work great for texture)

A Nylon, Delrin or Rawhide Hammer

A small assortment of forming tools

An assortment of Twist Drill Bits and Lubricant

A Saw Frame (my preference is the Green Lion) and 2/0, 3/0 and 5/0 Saw Blades (bring extra as steel is a more difficult material to saw)

Ring Clamp (I love the 113-106 from Rio)

Assorted Pliers – recommend parallel pliers

Silicone Polishers or Shofu Polishers (I like the set from Rio 332-617)

Assorted Hand Files and Needle Files (Harbor Freight is fine)

Sanding Sticks (220, 320, 400, 800 or similar grits)

Tungsten Carbide Burnisher – highly recommend (preferred *Rio 347-100 or otherwise the handheld version 111781) – only tungsten works with steel

Joyce Chen Stainless Steel Scissors or I prefer HidaTool.com Chikamasa B-500SL Scissors

Optional Supply List

Work light and extension cord

Your properly heat treated favorite stamps

AdvantEdge Tungsten Carbide Burs – I like the 346-104 or 346-108 or 346-110 available from Rio

Center Punch for drilling holes

Shears – I like the sheep shears from HidaTool.com (Chikamasa T-600 Mighty Shear)

Forming hammers

Additional Class Comments

Soldering steel is different than other non-ferrous metals.  Practice your soldering prior to class.

Instructor Email Address: tonya@tonyadavidson.com

Instructor Website: www.tonyadavidson.com




Many of our students have asked us to help streamline the process of gathering their supplies and tools for classes, and we have come up with a way we think will work for you.

SJ Jewelry Supply in Phoenix is owned and operated by a wonderful family, headed by Mario Morales. His wife, Erika, and son, Steven, round out the staff, and they are excited to help make gathering your supplies easy and stress free. We guarantee they will make life easier for you! No kidding!

Here’s how it will work….

  • Once you have determined what you will need for each class, send an email with your request for products and/or tools to SJ Jewelry Supply
    • Go to our website, open the class description for each of the classes in which you are enrolled, scroll down to the section “Student Supplies,” cut and paste the items you want to purchase into an email to Mario.
    • Here’s their email address mailto:info@sjjewelrysupply.com
  • When they receive your email, they will send you a return email acknowledging receipt of your request
    • In this email, they will instruct you about payment methods 
  • Once your order is filled, they will send you a second email with confirmation stating your order is complete
    • Included in this email, they will give you instructions on how to pick up your orders upon arrival in Tucson

 Sound easy? We think it’s going to help take the stress out of preparing for classes!