In these two Master Series Workshops, Suzanne will show you how to create clasps and closures that are unique, functional, fun to make, intriguing and engaging to look at, and invite – like a puzzle – being taken apart and put back together.
The clasps themselves are the focus of these workshops, and you will complete as many as time allows. Finishing will be done on your own, as the workshops are dedicated to fabrication and assembly.
The first day of each workshop will begin with a presentation that includes a section on clasp inspirations - ideas coming from everyday industrial, non-jewelry objects.
We will (attempt to) make the following clasp projects in the 1st workshop: rotating insert clasp (basic version), rotating insert clasp (complex version), and the side box clasp.
In the 2nd workshop, we will be focusing on: rotating key lock clasp, puzzle lock clasp, and the wedge lock clasp.
Additional clasps may be explored in each workshop if time allows.
The kits just contain parts in sterling silver for each project. The $40 kit fee is included in your tuition for each workshop.
Bring your metalsmithing toolbox and the following items with you:
Pliers: Round, chain nose, flat, half round, and 1 pair with Teflon/nylon jaws (if you have them)
Ball pein hammer and small anvil or steel block (to hammer on)
Saw frame and blades: 2/0 or 3/0, and beeswax or synthetic lube for the blades
Bench pin with V-slot (each bench has one, but bring your own, if you like!)
Drill bits (bring a variety of smaller sizes)
File set, regular and mini sizes
Shears and nippers
A selection of round burrs (including 4mm) and crosscut or cylinder burrs and diamond burrs (if you have them)
Centering punch (a sharpened nail will work)
Coarse sanding discs (Moore’s snap-on) and snap-on mandrel