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Bayonet Closures for 3D Forms and Jewelry

From containers to jewelry, add bayonet closures to your skill set. The bayonet closure is an excellent way to get that satisfying click when you close your next container! In this demo-focused virtual workshop Jenn will walk you through the steps of constructing a bayonet for a container and clasp. A round container form will be the focus, as this style of closure turns on a radius to open and close. Once the main container has been constructed and the basic bayonet completed, options and ways to alter the clasp will be demonstrated and discussed. All demonstrations will be done on small containers, but can be scaled down for jewelry purposes.

Meet the instructor

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Jennifer Wells is a studio artist and educator originally from the U.S but currently living in Italy. She holds an MFA, in Metalsmithing & Jewelry Design and has completed artist-in- residencies at: Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN, Pocosin Arts in Columbia, NC and the Jentel Foundation near Banner, WY. She has worked for several U.S based Craft Schools, in a variety of roles.

As an educator, Jennifer has taught for and been a visiting Artist at Universities throughout the U.S and for study abroad programs based in Italy. She serves on the Board of Vita Institute and teaches short workshops on various enameling and metalsmithing techniques throughout Europe and the U.S. In recent years she has curated multiple international exhibitions focused on jewelry and enameling.

Her works are in the collections of the Enamel Arts Foundation, Racine Museum, All Russian Museum of Decorative Arts, Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts, Yale University Art Gallery, Crocker Art Museum and Private Collections.

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 to be redirected to a page where you can view 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 not required - observers are welcome.


Metal/raw materials: 

  • 6"x6" x copper sheet - 20g (Rio Grande)

  • 3" x sterling heavy wall tubing - 2.5mm (Rio Grande)

  • 3" x sterling round wire - 16g (Rio Grande)

  • 2 x round copper tube or slip cap for pluming (Ace)

  • 2mm round faceted stones - optional (Rio Grande)

  • 2mm ball bur - optional (Rio Grande)

  • 1"x1" scrap copper - 24g


Hand tools:


Torch setup:


Other/miscellaneous items:

  • particulate dust mask

  • eye protection

  • fan / open window, ventilation, or outside


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