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In this 3rd installment of the jewelry fabrication weekly course, students will tackle hinges, creating a box clasp and learn how to work with gold.
In the first part, students will fabricate a custom bangle bracelet with a hinge and box clasp. The outside of the bangle will be made of textured or patterned sheet. Students will construct a custom frame, to create an open, lightweight design.
Hinges are used for boxes, bracelets, earrings and lots of jewelry designs. They are fantastic for creating articulation and movement, such as creating a bangle that opens.
A clasp is used to close your jewelry, so that you can wear it securely. The box clasp is a great introduction into the world of making clasps with simple mechanisms. Students will create a hidden box clasp for their bangle bracelet, to complement the hinges.
In the second part of this workshop, students will be introduced to gold, which is synonymous with the beauty of jewelry. The warm luster of gold is inviting, but working in gold can be intimidating. Take the leap with our helpful guidance and learn how to fabricate in gold!
Relevant techniques covered include how to refine your gold scrap, how to alloy it back to the karat and color you desire, and how to cast it into ingots for rolling into sheet or wire.
Students fabricate a 14K yellow gold ring, earring or pendant with a diamond in a tube setting. Demonstrations include adapting your soldering techniques to gold, including options for solder, flux, temperature of the flame, etc.
• Fabricating a hinge with a cradle
• Constructing a box clasp
• Adding a safety chain or clasps
• Fabricating jewelry with 14K yellow gold
• Minimizing clean up after soldering and protecting metals from scale
• Refining gold scrap
• Alloying gold to karat and color
Kit of materials (including gold for practice), full color handout and use of tools included.
Class policies for refunds, transfers and cancelations.
Students should have taken 2 or more basic jewelry fabrication classes, like successful completion of Basic Jewelry 1 & 2 and Jewelry 3 & 4. or similar experience. Alternatively, Basic Jewelry 1 and two more fabrication classes prerequisite, like Jewelry 2, 3 or 4, Stone Setting 1 or 2. Students should be comfortable with basic skills and have recent practice with soldering jewelry, sawing, filing, bezel setting and polishing.
Location: Silvera Jewelry School, Berkeley, CA