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Where's The Clasp? with Alison Antelman

Friday, March 25, 2022, 10:00AM - 5:00PM PT (Pacific Time)
Saturday, March 26, 2022, 10:00AM - 5:00PM PT (Pacific Time)
Sunday, March 27, 2022, 10:00AM - 5:00PM PT (Pacific Time)

Online Class

Cost: $535.00

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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.


Techniques taught:

  • Fabrication skills
  • Soldering
  • Soldering set up
  • Precision fit of parts
  • Soldering sterling to stainless steel wire
  • Puzzle solving
  • Designing


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)

Bench pin

Saw frame

2/0 or 3/0 saw blades

Half round hand file

Needle files

Round/flat OR Half round/flat forming pliers

Chain nose pliers

Flush Cutters


Hard and Medium solder

Soldering set-up: Soldering surface, flux, pick, third hand, tweezers

Pickle pot and pickle


Metric ruler or claipers

Sharpie marker

Mini 4" files- round, triangle, and flat

Safety glasses

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


Instructor: Alison Antelman

Upcoming Schedule

Date & Times Register
Fri. Mar 25, 10AM - 5PM PT (Pacific Time),
Sat. Mar 26, 10AM - 5PM PT (Pacific Time),
Sun. Mar 27, 10AM - 5PM PT (Pacific Time)

Online Class

Where's The Clasp? with Alison Antelman

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