Custom clasps and earwires are like the "cherry on top" when it comes to jewelry design: it uplevels your work and adds a unique final element to your jewelry. All levels welcome, no prior experience needed!
In this workshop you will learn to make your own custom clasps for necklaces and bracelets and earwires for dangle earrings, otherwise known as "findings". Findings include clasps, pin stems, jump rings, head pins, ball pins, eye pins, earring posts, earring wires, caps, sleeves, cones, fasteners, S-hooks, key rings and bails. In addition to learning safety procedures, students will learn the fundamentals of twisting and manipulating wire to create custom earwires and clasps.
We will cover:
- Studio safety and ergonomics
- Best gauges for projects
- Identify pliers and snips and their uses
- Fundamentals on bending wire
- Filing and sanding
- Bring some of your own pieces to work on!
Class duration is 4 hours with a couple of short breaks.
You will need to bring your own N95 or P95 mask (in addition to a cloth mask). This is for filtering out small particulates that are formed when sanding and polishing metal. Otherwise, we have KN95 masks for sale for $5 each.
$20 which includes 1-foot of wire in each in 18 ga, 20 ga, 22 ga. Cash, check, and Venmo accepted.
Last day to cancel for a full refund or credit is June 10, 2022. We will email you 5 days before class with all the details that you need for the start of class.
About the instructor, Emily Ehr:
Emily Ehr graduated from Metropolitan State University in Denver, Colorado with a BFA in Metalsmithing/Jewelry design and Communication Design.
She has worked with metals for over 33 years, and has taken workshops around the country from notable metalsmithing artists that include Andy Cooperman, Ira Sherman, Elliot Pujol, Deb Stoner, Jerry Scavezze, David Norrie, Kirk McNeill, Hoss Haley, Richard Sweetman and Craig Wright among many others.
A few of Emily's favorite things are Mezcal, Aussies, her bikes and cowboy boots.