Winter 2019

by Judy Parady,  Top bracelet. Silver, Gold, Chrysoprase. Bottom bracelet. Content: Silver, Brass, Rutilated Quartz.

by Judy Parady,

Top bracelet. Silver, Gold, Chrysoprase. Bottom bracelet. Content: Silver, Brass, Rutilated Quartz.


Winter 1 begins the week of January 7, 2019 and continues through February 20.
7 weeks = $343


(un)Box Clasps

Making the box for a box clasp is tedious, time consuming, and all you get for your hard work is a rectangular box. So let’s skip that part and get right to the heart of the project- the spring tongue and its receiver.

As you can see from the photos, the “box” can be all sorts of things. In this class we will look at a couple of options for nontraditional boxes and then concentrate on the spring mechanism.  Included in the lesson, but not pictured, will be safety clasps.

Tube Clasp

Tube clasps are a simplified version of the box clasps. They go together quickly, look sleek and modern, and rotate to keep chains or cables smooth. I will have an optional kit of tube clasp parts for purchase.

Chains- fused + soldered

We’ve gotten in the habit of making woven chains with fused links during the dark winter months. Assembling the woven chain can be done with a few hand tools, does not require a studio, and can include a hot toddy by the fire. Think of it as the jeweler’s version of crocheting. This session we will review fusing, look at woven pattern options, and think of a nice clasp. (Tube clasps are perfect for the woven chain.)

Soldered chains will also be discussed. I will show some options for making decorative links, and methods for soldering. By the way- soldered chains are the best way to become comfortable with soldering. If that is one of your resolutions for 2019, this is the project for you.

As always, I welcome your personal projects. All experience levels can participate fully in my program. Small class size in my Oakhurst / Decatur studio.
See calendar page for schedule.
Email or call to register.

Judy Parady