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Create a one-of-a-kind key clasp to unify your art jewelry. Join Alison Antelman as she shows you how exciting and versatile clasps cane be!
In this class, students make a front key clasp necklace with stainless steel neck wire by fabricating terminals and soldering sterling to stainless steel cable. Students are encouraged to go with their own design inclinations and to explore new ideas in creating cohesive finished jewelry. 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'll discuss possibilities for customizing your clasp to fit your designs. Students are welcome to show projects in need of a clasp and we'll trouble shoot the situation. This class is meant to get you thinking about connections, functional, practical and aesthetic aspects of use.
Step-by-step handouts are supplied along with a kit. Samples will be shown. Basic fabrication including knowledge of soldering is required.
- Fabrication skills
- Soldering set up
- Precision fit of parts
- Soldering sterling to stainless steel wire
- Puzzle solving
This course is available as a live online class.
A kit of materials is included with this class.
Online students will have kits mailed to them. 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.
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.
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.
1"x6" sterling silver sheet (minimum size) 22 or 24 ga
Extra sterling sheet and wire in 16, 18, and/or 20ga
Sterling balls (class demo on making these)
2/0 or 3/0 saw blades
Half round hand file
Round/flat OR Half round/flat forming pliers
Chain nose pliers
Hard and Medium solder
Soldering set-up: Soldering surface, flux, pick, third hand, tweezers
Pickle pot and pickle
Metric ruler or claipers
Mini 4" files- round, triangle, and flat
Cener punch or nail
Drill bits 2-2.5mm
Tube cutting jig OR Miter jig
Pro Shears or Joyce Chen shears
Steel wire cutters
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).
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.
Read what students have to say about our online classes on the testimonials page.
Class policies for refunds, transfers and cancelations.
Basic metalworking skills including knowledge of soldering required. Jewelry 1 or equivalent exerpeince will give you these skills.
Location: Silvera Jewelry School, Berkeley, CA