July 22-24
Friday – Sunday
10:00am – 5:00pm


5619 University Way NE
Seattle WA 98105


Class Fee: $560  Materials list, $30 Materials Kit Fee Payable to Instructor

If sold out, contact dana@danacadesign.com to be added to the waitlist.


Intermediate class, Basic metal working skills required

Dress Code

Closed-toed shoes and a tie for long hair are required in the studio.


Maximum number of students: 12. Students will be required to sign a waiver. Participants must be 18 or older..

IN-PERSON, ON LOCATION: Danaca Design, Seattle WA

Alchemists’ Workshop with Jim Dailing at Danaca Design

Take your skills to the next level with Gold!

Class Description

This workshop focuses on the marvels and splendor of gold, a material long treasured among jewelers and patrons alike. Starting with pure gold you will learn to alloy multiple karats and colors of yellow gold, melt and pour ingots and mill your newly alloyed gold to create sheet, bezel material and wire. Having the gold you want when you need it will free you from the constraints of what you have on hand and save you money in the long-run. Additionally you will learn fusing and soldering for each type of gold created and to fabricate a simple band with a structural tapered tube bezel for a faceted gemstone that you will learn to set if time permits. This is an intermediate to advance level workshop. Students must have basic metal working skills to attend.


Intermediate to advanced metalsmithing skills are required for this class.

Students must bring​

Students bring as much pure gold (24kt) as they can afford and want to bring, a full ounce is recommended but ½ ounce will work. The more gold you have, the more alloying options and fabricating you’ll be able to complete in class. Jim suggests purchasing the Canadian Maple Leaf, American Buffalo, or pure gold casting grain. Here is the link for Rio Grande’s website for the casting grain: https://www.riogrande.com/product/24k-yellow-gold-casting-grain/608700

Additional Materials:

  • A European compressed charcoal block (available in the studio store)
  • Jeweler’s saw blades (available in the studio store) 

Students MAY Bring:

  • Basic fabrication hand-tools including jeweler’s sawfilessanding sticks/pads/paper 
  • Optics for close up work is suggested 

Material KITS Include: ($30 Payable to Instructor at time of class)

Fine silver and copper needed for alloying as well as gold solders.  Materials kit purchase is required. The kit insures all students have the same materials required to learn the techniques and allows everyone to focus on the techniques rather than the materials.

Tools Purchase

Tools are available to purchase through Danaca Design Studio with 15% student discount code. Shop tools HERE. If you don’t see what you need please email us, dana@danacadesign.com.

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