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Friction & Bayonet Lids for Containers - Part 1

This weekly class will be part 1 of a 2-part series! Part 2 can be found by clicking HERE.

Let’s make boxes and containers with the most perfect little friction and bayonet lids you've ever seen! Round, square, irregular - oh my, so many options! In this demo-focused virtual class, the instructor will show students how to pull a seemingly inconspicuous group of materials and with just a bit of solder set-up, different solder seams, and some tips and trick along the way, turn them into beautiful little containers - just like magic! 

To ensure every students learns exactly to the aesthetic they wish to achieve, templates will be provided for them to pick their own style of container. Once the boxes have been fabricated and made to perfection, they will of course need a lid! A friction fit lid is a great starting place for those who have yet to become lid extraordinaries, and it can be applied to any form quite easily. Once you’ve gotten the friction fit under your belt, we’ll move onto a bayonet lid.

The bayonet is a perfect segue from the friction fit and it can be modified to fit into your jewelry work as a clasp as well! Working on a round container, we’ll go through the bayonet step by step so students can easily grasp the inner workings, whys, and hows behind the fabrication process for this slightly more advanced closure method. By the end of the course, students will have a lovely box to hold their jewelry keep sakes or other small treasures.

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 (NOTE one sheet is enough for roughly one conainer): 


Torch setup:


Hand tools:


Other/miscellaneous items: 

  • hard work surface

  • fan and open window - or ventilation system

  • safety glasses 

  • pencil, Sharpie, notebook

  • rags/towels

  • masking tape

  • smooth surface to tape sandpaper sheets to


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