Hold it together! Clasps and Closures

Course Description

About this course

Working on a making a one-of-a-kind statement necklace or wanting to add an extra bit of personality to a pre-fabricated chain? Hold it together with a handmade clasp or closure! In this virtual workshop, students will learn the basics of fabricating more common closures like toggles and hooks, and will also dig in deeper by learning how to construct a keyhole clasp. Variations on each type of clasp introduced will be discussed so students will feel confident creating closure solutions for any necklace.

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Please read the Materials & Tools tab!

Meet the Instructor

Marissa Saneholtz

Marissa Saneholtz makes narrative based jewelry and objects using humor and sarcasm to comment on gender roles in American society.  She has been published in several books, including Art Jewelry Today II edited by Jeffery Snyder, Humor in Craft by Brigitte Martin, and Narrative Jewelry: Tales from the Toolbox by Mark Fenn. Her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally and is in the collections of the Dorothy McKenzie Price Permanent Collection at Bowling Green State University, the Racine Art Museum in Racine, WI, and the Enamel Arts Foundation, Los Angeles, CA. Currently, she is teaching at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, OH.

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 (note that you can work in any size wire, but at least 6" of 16g round wire in silver or base metal is recommended):

  • 3" min. x sterling heavy wall tubing - 3mm (Rio Grande)
  • 3"x3" min. x silver or base metal sheet - 18g (Rio Grande)
  • 6" min. x various gauges / shapes of wire (Rio Grande)

Torch setup:

Hand tools:

Other/miscellaneous items:

  • particulate dust mask
  • eye protection
  • pencil and notebook / paper
  • sturdy work surface




Marissa Saneholtz


September 18 -19, 2021


1:00 PM -3:00 PM


2 days

Basic and above
Virtual - Eastern Time Zone
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