Keep a toothpick or bamboo skewer on hand. When touching it to the
workpiece (or was it the piece of metal for heating on? Elaine?)
Strangely, either way seems to work. At first I was putting the
skewer on the piece of 20 gauge brass I had on top of my hot plate,
but when I went back and reviewed the instructions, I saw that they
said to touch the skewer to the piece of jewelry that you’re working
There’s a terrific article by Celie Fago that ran in Studio PMC on
this topic. You can read it by going to the website of the PMC
Guild and clicking on magazine, which takes you to:
Go to “A Keum-boo project” by Celie Fago from Summer 2003.
And, I’ve just learned that Celie has a new book out on keum boo,
for about $16.00, available from AllCraft. (I may have read this in
the August LJ.)
I haven’t seen it, but she’s an excellent writer and teacher, so I’m
sure it’s great. I plan to buy it.
I encourage everyone to read Celie’s article and give keum boo a
try. With the right tools, it’s incredibly easy. I call it shrinky
dinks in gold.
Chicago area, Illinois, USA
Metalsmith, Certified PMC Instructor
Studio 925; established 1992