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Custom Clasps with Alison Antelman (online)

Friday, March 26, 2021, 10:00AM - 5:00PM PT (Pacific Time)
Saturday, March 27, 2021, 10:00AM - 5:00PM PT (Pacific Time)
Sunday, March 28, 2021, 10:00AM - 5:00PM PT (Pacific Time)

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Cost: $495.00

Create clasps that are safe, secure and truly one-of-a-kind. Learn and make both a key and box clasp. Fabricate sample clasps of your own design. Come up with unique solutions to complete your designs. Clasps can be textured, chased, roller printed, etched, domed, hydraulic press shapes, with stones, with enamel…the variety is endless as you come up with your own solutions.

We will discuss customizing terminals and findings to complete your designs. Students are expected to go with their own aesthetic style in order to explore new ideas in finishing their jewelry.

Step-by-step handouts are provided for both clasps. 

Techniques taught:

  • Fabrication of a key hollow clasp
  • Fabrication of a hollow box clasp
  • Adaptation and personalization of the basic clasps
  • Fabrication and soldering exercises
  • Complicated soldering set-up
  • Engineering of clasps- how they function
  • Design and layout
  • Mechanics
  • Troubleshooting 
  • Integration of mechanisms into personal aesthetic 

A kit of materials is included with this class and will be mailed to you. Please be sure that the address with your payment is the correct one for shipping..

Read what students have to say about our online classes on the testimonials page.

About Our Interactive Online Classes
This class is online and uses the Zoom app/website. Through Zoom, you’ll be able to see demos and follow instructions, ask questions and interact with your instructor. Zoom is easy to use and free for students to use for class, and works on most devices, like phones (iphone, Android, etc), tablets (iPads, etc), and computers (Mac or PC).

This course meets for 3 days, 3 hour zoom sessions morning and afternoon each day with a lunch break between, for a total of 18 hours.

Each class is also recorded and available for students to watch later, to review instructions or in case you missed a class.

Students work at home or in their studio. All of our recommended tools and the kit materials are chosen to be home studio friendly. We always choose the safest materials, chemicals and tools for you and the environment.

Tools for this Class

This is a list of tools you’ll need to practice the techniques shown in class. A list of tools with recommended suppliers for the best prices will be sent to you with your registration receipts If you have questions about the tool list, please contact us.

  • 1”x6” sterling silver sheet 22 or 24ga (sheet can be larger, this is the minimum size you will need)
  • Bench pin
  • Saw frame
  • 2/0 or 3/0 saw blades
  • Half round hand file
  • Needle file set of 6
  • round/flat forming pliers OR Half round/flat forming pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Flush cutters
  • torch (any)
  • hard and medium solder
  • Soldering set-up including: Solderite board or charcoal block, flux(any), pick, third hand, tweezers
  • pickle pot/bowl and pickle
  • Burr life or other blade lubricant
  • Scriber -anything sharp to scribe into metal
  • Metric ruler or other measuring device
  • Tube Cutting Jig OR Miter Jig
  • Riveting hammer or other metal hammer with a flat face
  • Sharpie marker
  • *Safety glasses*
  • Pro shears or Joyce Chen Kitchen Shears
  • Center punch or nail
  • Drill bits- 1-2.5mm, no need for exact sizes, just a couple within that range.
  • A computer, phone or tablet to use the free Zoom app for class

Class policies for refunds, transfers and cancelations.



Previous experience basic skills with soldering and fabrication of precious metals, like completion of the Jewelry 1 - Basics (online) or Basic Jewelry 1 (in person) workshops. 

Location: Silvera Jewelry School, Berkeley, CA


Instructor: Alison Antelman

Upcoming Schedule

No upcoming occurences at this time.

Custom Clasps with Alison Antelman (online)

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