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Magnetic Connection: Unique Integrated Clasp

Learn to create a silver clasp utilizing a magnet that is both durable and a central element in your bracelet and neckpiece design. The construction of this style of hinged clasp is original in its design and magnetic function. You will not only add a new clasp to your work, but also gain experience in constructing hinges. In addition, you will fabricate a “ball/slide” clasp that is a simple and unique addition to your design.

Class will include discussion of composition, design strategies and lots of individual attention as you fabricate clasps that enhance your finished neckpiece and bracelet. You are encouraged to bring gemstones, beads, gold, and/or found objects to embellish your designs. Skill Level: Intermediate to advanced. Knowledge and experience in soldering small parts is helpful.

Roger Rimel is an award winning goldsmith and artist living in St. Louis, MO. He exhibits his work locally and nationally and has taught workshops at Idyllwild Arts, Boulder Metalsmithing Association, (BOMA ) Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, and Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design. His work is included in Art Jewelry 3, and Maker Magic, by Connie Fox. He is represented by Ayesha Gallery, Englewood New Jersey, Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design, in St. Louis, MO


Faculty: Roger Rimel

Dates: June 13 – 17, 2022

Tuition: $840

Tuition, room and board: $1,565

Lab Fee: $65, includes Magnets, Sterling silver sheet, Sterling silver wire , Sterling silver tubing, Stainless steel cable, Epoxy 220. You may be asked to bring additional materials.  

Skill Level: Basic soldering and sawing skills required

Enrollment limited to 10 students

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