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)


Cost: $535

SOLD OUT! See below for other workshop dates.

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.


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


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





Basic metalworking skills including knowledge of soldering required. Jewelry 1 or equivalent exerpeince will give you these skills. 


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.

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.