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Add hinges and clasps to your jewelry, introducing movement and security, to allow it to flex, open and close.
Hinges are used for boxes, bracelets, earrings and lots of jewelry designs. They are fantastic for creating articulation and movement, such as creating a bracelet that opens, whether it is a multi-panel, clamshell or bangle design.
A clasp is used to close your jewelry, so that you can wear it securely. Clasps, including hinge pins, box clasps, hooks and fold-overs, will also be demonstrated. Students will practice making samples of the hinges and clasps shown. The box clasp is a great introduction into the world of making clasps with simple mechanisms.
In the first part of this interactive online Zoom class, the instructor will demonstrate different styles and techniques for making hinges and clasps. Students will practice making samples of these in base metal.
This workshop will also go over designing a bracelet and students will design and fabricate their own custom bracelet using some of the hinges and clasps demonstrated.
• Fabricating hinge, with and without cradles, and spring hinges
• Constructing clasps, including hinge pins, box clasps, hooks and fold-overs
• Adding a safety chain or safety clasp for extra security
• Designing a multi-panel bracelet
• Techniques for making a clamshell style cuff or bangle
A kit of materials is included with this class. Registered students receive a class kit by mail, shipped to the address used for registration. Please be sure to contact us at the time of registration with any updates re: where you want your kit shipped. The kit of materials contains base metals for practicing the techniques shown. The instructor will help students during class to order precious metals, like sterling, for their custom bracelet design.
A handout is included with the class. A pdf of the handout is sent to students before the first day of class.
Read what students have to say about our online classes on the testimonials page.
Tools Required for this Class
This is a list of tools you’ll need to practice the techniques shown in class. 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.
Prip’s flux 4-8 oz, in a small spray bottle
Sterling wire or sheet solder: hard, medium and easy
Soldering tripod and heavy mesh screen\
19 gauge and 24 gauge dark annealed steel binding wire
Blazer Big Shot Butane torch, or your preferred torch, like a acetylene/air, oxygen/propane Little torch or similar.
Nylon jaw bracelet bending pliers
Saw blades: 4/0 and 6/0
Round needle file Swiss Cut 2
Oval bracelet mandrel stepped or tapered mandrel
Polished 4 oz. hammer
Flexible shaft machine is recommended for this class (see below)
In addition to these tools, the students will need the basic tools from the Jewelry 1 - Basics (online) workshop.
A computer, tablet or smartphone with the free Zoom app to join the class
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).
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.
Class policies for refunds, transfers and cancelations.
Students should have prior experience with jewelry fabrication, including sawing, soldering, filing, polishing and bezel setting. We recommend completing 2-3 fabrication classes before taking this workshop (like Jewelry 1 plus two more (either Jewelry 2, 3, or 4)
Location: Silvera Jewelry School, Berkeley, CA
|Date & Times
|Sat. Jan 9, 10AM - 1PM PT (Pacific Time),|
Sat. Jan 16, 10AM - 1PM PT (Pacific Time),
Sat. Jan 23, 10AM - 1PM PT (Pacific Time),
Sat. Jan 30, 10AM - 1PM PT (Pacific Time),
Sat. Feb 6, 10AM - 1PM PT (Pacific Time),
Sat. Feb 13, 10AM - 1PM PT (Pacific Time)