February 15, 2020 @ 10:00 am – February 16, 2020 @ 5:30 pm
Smith PDX
4135 Southeast Gladstone Street
Portland, OR
Rachel Morris

Clasps: From Basic to Box (2 Day Workshop)

Dates: February 15-16, 2020 – 10am – 5:30pm

Instructor: Rachel Morris, Eclectic Nature Jewelry & Design

Location: SmithPDX, 4135 Southeast Gladstone Street, Portland

Cost: $275 + Materials ($50 discount [$25/class] when registering for Chains class at the same time)

Clasps Class Options

(For details on the January 18-19, 2020 Chains class, go HERE)

Whether you bead, string pearls, or create your own chains, the finishing touches count. In this two day workshop, you’ll be given demos of several variations of S or hook clasps, toggles, box, hinge tube and keyhole, and we’ll discuss several more complex clasps, such as lentils, knockers, and more. Students will work on one or more of these clasps of their own, dependent on experience – Intermediate/advanced metalworkers can opt to focus on a more intricate piece, while intro students are advised to become proficient in some of the simpler forms, first. (Most students will have time to make a few clasps if doing some of the simpler forms and only one of the fancier styles.)

Attendees can bring in projects or designs in need of clasps, and we will discuss the importance of both form and function appropriate to their needs. Basic soldering, sawing, and filing skills are required.


  • Hook/Eye and S-Hooks
    • Integrated Hooks (built in and front hooking)
    • Heavy J-hook and tubing hooks
  • Basic Toggles
  • Fancy Toggles (unusual shapes and styles)
  • Keyhole Clasps (integrated and standalone)
  • Security Clasp add-ons
  • Hinge Tube Clasp
  • Box clasp

Clasps Materials (Kit available for $75):

  • 2” – 10g sterling silver wire (Keyhole clasp)
  • 2 feet – 14g sterling silver wire (Hooks, Toggles, hinge tube)
  • 1 foot – 18g sterling silver wire (Toggles)
  • 6” – 20g sterling silver wire (Connectors, security clasps, and details)
  • 2- 4mm cab stones with cup bezels (Toggles and/or box clasp detail)
  • Assorted sterling silver jump rings (Connectors)
  • 2” x 3” 20 g sterling silver sheet (keyhole, box, integrated hooks)
  • 2” x 3” 22 g sterling silver sheet (box clasp)
  • 1” x 2” 16 g sterling silver sheet (keyhole clasp)
  • 2” – 4.83mm OD/2.56 mm ID heavy wall tubing (Tubing hook, hinge tube) (https://www.riogrande.com/product/Sterling-Silver-483mm-Seamless-Heavy-Wall-Tubing-Hard-12-Length/100428) – this will also be available to buy from me if you bring your own supplies, so you don’t have to order a whole foot


  • Ultra-fine point black Sharpie marker
  • Fine point black Sharpie marker
  • Sketchbook & pencil
  • Scribe
  • Punch
  • Dividers
  • Assorted small drill bits

Hand Tools Recommended:

Basic tools are also available in the studio, but you may want to bring a small kit of your own to avoid waiting for gear or just to use what’s comfortable for you already:

  • Sawframe and blades (2/0 default)
  • Pliers – Round nose, half round, and flat
  • Good quality 6” or 8” – Barrette and Crossing files, at least, plus small hand files
  • Third hand on stand and good tweezers (there will be some available, but sharing may slow things down)
  • Any favorite odd shaped mandrels you may have – I’ll have an array of shapes available for use, too


  • Bracelet and Necklace length chain(s) – 18-22” recommended (cable, Figaro, foxtail – NOT box or serpentine)
  • Additional small gems and bezels/settings as decorative elements for toggle and box clasps
  • Additional gauges of wire, including square and/or twist for fancier toggles and detailing

For your safety, it is recommended that you wear natural fibers if possible, with no fringes or flowing fabrics, and that you wear closed-toe shoes in the shop. If your hair is below your ears, please bring something with which to tie it back.

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