MASTER CLASS: Mechanisms – Hinges & Catches

2024 dates TBA

9:30am – 3:00pm

£190.00 plus materials (material costs of approx £30.00 paid directly to your tutor on first day of course)

MechanismsCourse aims:
Bespoke jewellery requires bespoke mechanisms to match. In this course, you will learn how to produce small jewellery mechanisms with precision.

In this two day course, students will learn step-by-step how to produce a variety of hinges, clasps, as well as design and production of custom made clasps for bespoke necklaces and bracelets. The course will also explore different ways to implement these mechanisms.

Each student will also come away from the course with an instructional information pack which outlines all the material covered as well as several designs not covered in this course, a great bench reference.

Learning outcomes:
Students will learn to produce a complex box clasp and hinges.

The course is aimed at intermediate/advanced makers, not for beginners. Sawing, filing, soldering knowledge is necessary. Students who have some experience in jewellery will find this course challenging and informative.

Your tutor:
Hendrike Barz-Meltzer: Hendrike is a contemporary jewellery designer and maker who works in a variety of techniques and materials, such as precious metals, recycled plastic or silk, which she makes into delicate Kumihimo braids that are incorporated in her work.

Material and technical considerations are guided by environmental and ethical thinking to produce jewellery that is not only beautiful but has also been created responsibly.

Hendrike’s work is exhibited in a number of exhibitions and galleries, such Contemporary Applied Arts, London and she partakes in fairs such as MADE London.

Her interest in ethical concepts has greatly influenced her creative work, believing firmly in the idea of ‘giving back’ to society and passing on knowledge. This is evidenced by her various teaching engagements and her commitment to producing responsible jewellery.


The course will run over the weekend

  • Saturday – Students will begin by producing a simple hinge similar to one found on a locket. Students will produce a box clasp similar to the style commonly used in pearl necklaces. A complicated, and useful mechanism, the box clasp will take all day to produce.
  • Sunday- Students will learn to make low tech clasps, as well as brooch mechanisms.

A maximum of eight places are available on this course, with a minimum of six participants required for the course to run. Full payment is required to secure a place. We can take card payments over the phone – please note the cost of the day is not refundable. Once payment is received we will send an email confirming your place on the course – just let us know if you would like a place by calling 01582 833800.

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