Make a complete necklace by hand - a pendant with stone settings, custom chain and clasp. Students can model their design on the multi-stone turquoise pendant and necklace, which is the sample for this workshop, but they’re encouraged to design their own necklace using the techniques demonstrated.
The course starts with demos on how to sketch, design and plan a custom necklace. Students design their projects with help from the instructor. Demonstrations on how to cluster multiple bezel settings together, along with decorative elements like twisted wire borders, granules and stamping, comes next. The pendant is finished off with a handmade bail. To compliment the pendant, students will learn how to make a custom links for a chain. These can include some stone settings that echo the design of the pendant. And the necklace is capped off appropriately with a handmade clasp. Three types of clasps will be demonstrated - a toggle, s-hook and a safety clasp, which includes a simple mechanism for snapping a hook into a box.
• Design a custom necklace
• Create a plan for the steps to complete your designs
• Make a pendant with multiple bezel settings
• Fabricate twisted wire borders for settings and other decorative elements
• Quality mark your work during fabrication
• Make a bail for your pendant
• Design and make a custom chain to match your pendant
• Techniques for making custom clasps including toggles, s-hooks and safety clasps
• How to safely polish chain
Kit of materials included, and use of tools. Each student has a bench of their own to use during the workshop, complete with all the basic tools necessary to make jewelry, including a flex shaft and personal soldering station.
Class policies for cancelations, transfers and refunds.
If this class is full, please email us to be added to the waitlist.
Students must have basic jewelry fabrication skills, like sawing, filing, soldering, bezel stone setting, and polishing with power tools. These skills can be obtained in our Basic Jewlery 1 workshop (ether the 2 day weekend workshop or the 8 week course).
Location: Silvera Jewelry School, Berkeley, CA