When:
February 25, 2022 @ 9:00 am – February 27, 2022 @ 4:30 pm
2022-02-25T09:00:00-08:00
2022-02-27T16:30:00-08:00
2022 - Three Clasps (and Maybe More!) in Three Days (Feb 25 - 27, 2022)

 

Live, online class Rachel Morris, Eclectic Nature Jewelry & Design

Dates: February 25 – 27, 2022

So you’ve already leveled up your jewelry work and started making custom chains for your pendants, or perhaps you do a lot of bead and pearl stringing for your designs and want something custom to add. What’s next? The custom clasp, of course!

In this three day online workshop, we’ll cover the construction of three very different, yet foundational, styles of clasps:

  • Box clasps (both standalone and integrated into hollow forms)
  • Slotted Toggle/Keyhole clasps (lentiform and open styles)
  • Hinge Pin clasps

Those of you that know me know I’m likely to sneak in hints about a few extra “quick and easy” basic clasps along the way, too. We’ll delve into the form and function of these and numerous other types, with an emphasis on how the right clasp can make a piece and the wrong one can create problems for both the wearer and the jeweler down the road.

NOTE: This is a techniques and skill-building class! Students may not complete all three clasps in the course of the workshop, but should come away with the understanding to continue building their skills post-workshop.

Schedule: The class will run from 9 am PST to 4:30 pm PST each day, with a short break mid-day. Registration includes:

  • An optional follow-up Zoom open studio two weeks post-workshop, to catch up, show off, and get any open questions answered
  • Access to a private Facebook group with additional resources
  • Access to the recordings for 60 days after class concludes

Skill Level: Intermediate and above – requires solid soldering, sawing, and filing skills

This class has a minimum of 3 students to run and an 8 student cap.

PRICE: $425

Tools & Materials List (Please read before registering – this class has a lot of materials!)

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My Online Workshop Approach – The “Four T’s” – These workshops are presented live via Zoom, from my multi-camera studio in Portland, Oregon, and follow a sequence of Talk (discussion of approaches, concepts, design and “gotchas”), Teach (live demoing of your next steps), Try It (you work at your own bench while I remain available for questions), and Touch Base, in which we circle back to address challenges and share discoveries and successes you’ve had, before starting another cycle. Multiple cycles will happen each day, according to the pacing needs of the class. To get a sense of it, check out this video intro.