Considering Clasps: One Size Doesn't Fit All with Alison Antelman

Friday, November 11, 2022; 10:00AM - 5:00PM PT (Pacific Time)
Saturday, November 12, 2022; 10:00AM - 5:00PM PT (Pacific Time)
Sunday, November 13, 2022; 10:00AM - 5:00PM PT (Pacific Time)

In Person

Cost: $655

This class is already under way. Please see below for any other available workshop dates.


Cost: $565

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Clasps are an important consideration in your handmade jewelry, they're not one size fits all. 

In this class with Alison Antelman, learn to make the tension clasp, sliding tube clasp, and custom ear nuts! We will also study and make a variety of hook clasps, one of the oldest forms of clasps. 

This class is meant to get you thinking about connections, size, and scale along with the functional, practical, and aesthetic aspects of use. Open up a wide world of options for your specific hand-made jewelry. 

This course is available as an in-person workshop or live online class. Please check this page for times and formats available.

Techniques covered:

  • How hook and tension clasps function
  • Design considerations for clasps: functionality, aesthetics
  • Fabrication of sliding tube clasp
  • Fabrication of safety for clasp
  • Fabrication of hook clasp and variations
  • Fabrication of ear nuts 

A kit of materials is included with this class.

Classes at our school include use of tools, with each student having their own bench to use during class. Online students will need to have their own tools (see the list of tools below). Feel free to contact us with any questions.

In person kits will also contain the sterling sheet and wire. 

A step-by-step handout is included with the class.

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


Tools Required for Online Students
This is a list of tools online students need to practice the techniques shown in class. (in-person students have tools to use at school)
A list of tools with links to recommended suppliers for the best prices will be sent to you after registration. If you have questions about the tool list, please contact us.

22ga sterling silver sheet 2"x6"

16ga and 18ga sterling wire

Bench pin

Saw frame and 2/0 or 3/0 saw blades 

Half round hand file

Needle files

Round nose pliers

Round/flat or half round/flat forming pliers

Chain nose pliers

Flush cutters

4" mini files

Line tool


Hard and medium solder

Soldering set-up: solderite board, pick, third hand, tweezers, pickle, pickle pot

Bur life


Metal ruler with metric measurements

Tube cutting jig or Miter vise

Riveting or hasing hammer



Safety glasses

Pro Shears

Center punch

Drill bits- .8-2mm

Metal or wood dapping set

A computer, phone or tablet to use the free Zoom app for class 


Basic jewelry and metalworking skills required. Students must be comfortable with soldering, sawing, drilling, filing, finishing, and polishing. 


Alison Antelman (Guest)

If a class is online, or is a combination online and in-person session, all students receive a link to a recording of the class demonstrations. In-person only workshops are not recorded. For staff instructor classes, students have access to the recordings for one year. For guest instructors, access is 30 days. 

If a kit is included with the class, online students will have them mailed to them. Kits for in-person students are delivered at the beginning of the first class. More information about the kit is included with the supplies list which is emailed after registration.

International students may be charged an additional amount for shipping, because of the increased cost to ship abroad. Also, shipments to other countries may incur a tariff payable by the student. International students are welcome to contact us re: these costs and options for their materials. Please be sure that the address with your payment is the correct one for shipping.

If this class is offered online, it 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).

Your instructor is also available during free Zoom office hours for questions and help.

Online students work at home or in their studio. All of our recommended tools and the kit materials are chosen to be home studio friendly. Links to preferred vendors are provided in the supplies list sent after registration.

For the health and safety our staff and students, students are required to show proof of vaccination and to wear masks when attending classes at our school. If you can’t meet these requirements, we invite you to take the online version of this class instead, if available. Please visit our COVID-19 Updates page for more information.

And now the fine print. Payment in full for class fees is due at the time of registration to reserve your place. We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, and PayPal. Checks and cash are accepted only if you register at school. If you mail a check, your registration is not processed until it clears and the class may fill during the wait. 

If the workshop is canceled by our school for any reason, all class fees will be refunded, or you can transfer to another class, or you can keep a credit on account with us for future classes or purchases, 

Students can cancel, receive a credit or refund, or transfer to another class up to 21 days before a workshop, whether it is online or in person. No cancellations are accepted after the 21-day deadline, however, we will do what we can to try and sell your place to a qualified student. If we can sell your place, you can receive a refund less a $50 cancellation fee, keep a credit on account with us, or apply your fees towards a transfer to another class. 

If you can’t make it to class, you may send a participant who has the necessary prerequisites in your place. Please call or email us immediately with any changes in the student participant information. If a class includes an online section, your class will be recorded and you can watch later to make up a class you miss. 

Students must be at least 15 years old to attend a class, and students under 18 must have a legal guardian sign our liability waiver form. We have had younger students attend classes, on a case by case basis. If you’re interested in enrolling your child, please call or email us. 

If you sign up for a class and fail to have the required prerequisites as listed in the class description, you are still subject to the 21-day cancellation policy, listed above.

Lodging and meals are not included for in person classes.

If you don't come to class, there are no refunds, credits or transfers.

Upcoming Schedule

No upcoming occurences at this time.