Bayonet Catch with Stainless Steel Spring and Swivels

Course Description

About this course

This virtual workshop will focus on bayonet catches that include at least one swivel mechanism and a hand-made stainless steel spring that will provide tension for the locking mechanic within the catch. Through technical demonstrations, discussions, visual images, and an examination of various samples, special emphasis will be placed on problem-solving and creative applications useful to a variety of formats and approaches in constructing this type of catch. Engineering principles of these mechanisms will also be discussed, along with useful soldering and fabrication strategies, which can be applied to numerous procedures in the jewelry and metalsmithing studio.

Basic sawing, filing and soldering skills are necessary for this workshop.

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Please read the Materials & Tools tab! 

Meet the Instructor

Tom Muir

Tom Muir is Distinguished Research Professor at Bowling Green State University, where he is head of the Jewelry and Metalsmithing area in the School of Art. He received his MFA from Indiana University, Bloomington, and his BFA degree from Georgia State University in Atlanta. Mr. Muir has lectured and taught widely, holding positions at universities and craft schools around the country. He is Past-president of the Michigan Silversmiths Guild, was appointed distinguished member of the Society of North American Goldsmiths, and currently serves on the executive committee of the International Jewellery College Association as the representative of the Americas. Mr. Muir was the recipient of the 1995 Olscamp Research Award at BGSU and his award-winning work has been published extensively and included in more than 500 national and international art, design and craft exhibitions; these include The White House Collection of American Crafts and The Beijing International Craft Biennial.  

Collections include the Art Institute of Chicago, Renwick Gallery of the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution and The White House Collection of American Crafts, National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. He is the recipient of an Arts Midwest/National Endowment for the Arts Regional Artist Fellowship, Michigan Council for the Arts Fellowship, and numerous Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship Awards. In 2009, Tom received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Ohio Designer Craftsmen for having made a major contribution to craft in Ohio.  

Click here to view Tom's work. 

Materials & Tools 

The following supplies will be used for course demonstrations and objectives. A suggested item and/or vendor has been provided below for reference. Click the vendor name (in red) to be redirected to a page where you can find the item. The quantities needed for each item are listed first. If ordering, please be aware that some items may come in larger quantities than needed for this class. We recommend not opening an item's packaging until the day of the workshop. Student participation during or in-between class sessions is strongly encouraged but not required - observers are welcome.

Metal/raw materials: 

  • 6" x 14g half-round wire - nickel, nu-gold, or brass (Amazon)
  • 12" x 14g round wire - nickel, nu-gold, or brass (Jewelry Supply)
  • 4"x4" x 24g brass sheet (Online Metals)
  • 12" x brass tubing - 1/4" OD (K&S Metals)
  • 12" x brass tubing - 9/32" OD (K&S Metals)
  • 4" x brass tubing - 5/32" OD (K&S Metals)
  • 12" x 24g stainless steel wire #8 - 0.020 diameter (Jann's)

Hand tools:

Torch setup:

Other/miscellaneous items:

  • particulate dust mask
  • eye protection
  • fan / open window, ventilation, or outside
  • black or blue Sharpie marker - fine or medium
  • Isopropyl or denatured alcohol - 1 pint
  • boric acid fine powder form (roach killer in hardware store)
  • pint glass or plastic jar with lid - wide mouth
  • masking tape




Tom Muir


November 30 -December 14, 2021

Weekly on Tuesday


10:00 AM -12:00 PM


3 weeks

Basic and above
Virtual - Eastern Time Zone
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