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Jewelry 5 - Bracelets, Hinges and Clasps

Thursdays, July 8, 2021 - August 12, 2021, 6:30PM - 9:30PM PT (Pacific Time)

Online Class

Cost: $495.00

SOLD OUT! See below for other workshop dates.

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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.

This course is available as an in-person workshop or live online class, and as a 6 week course or 3 day workshop. Please check this page for times and formats available.

In the first part of this 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.


Techniques covered:

• 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


Please note: After taking a level 2 jewelry fabrication workshop, level 3 fabrication classes (Jewelry 5 & 6) can be taken in any order. 

A kit of materials is included with this class.
Online students will have kits mailed to them. Kits for in-person students are delivered at the beginning of the first class.


Please review our COVID-19 guidelines for in-person students. 
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.


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.


A full color handout is included with the class.
Create your own workbook with the beautiful handout that is downloadable for this workshop. Handouts include instructions for techniques and projects, reference charts and lots of information to support your learning.


Recordings of class.
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.

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.

In addition to these tools, students will need basic jewelry fabvrication tools, like the list from the Jewelry 1 - Basics course.

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
Machinist square
Saw blades: 4/0 and 6/0
Round needle file Swiss Cut 2
Measuring tape
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.


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



About Our Interactive Online Classes

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.

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

Instructor: Joe Silvera

Upcoming Schedule

No upcoming occurences at this time.

Jewelry 5 - Bracelets, Hinges and Clasps

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