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Reticulated Toggle Clasp Pendant Sunday, August 6, 9:00 AM and
Monday, August 7, 9:00 AM
April Bower $290  
This workshop is 12 hours.

Student Level: Intermediate
Type of Workshop: Process & Project
Prerequisite: must have basic soldering skills, and be comfortable with a jewelers saw, filing and finishing.
Workshop Category: Jewelry, Metal-working, Soldering

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In this comprehensive 2-day workshop, we will explore the art of reticulation on silver and fusing with Argentium silver while creating a pendant that doubles as the toggle clasp. Instruction to make a spiculum shape to use as the toggle bar or a forged sterling rod toggle bar if you prefer, will complete this statement pendant along with your personal embellishments (ie: Bezeled stones, pegged pearls or dangling briolettes suggested, although Bezeled stone setting will not be taught) For those wanting additional challenge, matching / coordinating earrings are encouraged if time allows. Not a cookie cutter workshop...each finished pendant will be uniquely yours. Argentuim Sterling has some wonderful properties and a few limitations. It fuses easily. Come learn some of the tricks of this metal so you can enjoy it in your studio.

Qualified assistant Renee Garver will be there to keep us running smoothly!

Kit/Materials Fee (payable to instructor at class time):

  • $100.00 (price may need adjustment for significant change in silver/spot price closer to class time or web posting.) includes:
  • 3x3" 24g reticulation silver sheet
  • 1' 12g Argentium wire
  • 16g and 18g round Argentium wire for jumps and bail
  • 1x3" 26g sheet Argentium silver for spiculum toggle or
  • 2" 8-10g round Silver rod for toggle bar
  • 24" silver-plated 4mm rolo chain
  • moores disc mandrel and sample of discs

Instructor Provided (for use in-class, and to share):

  • torches for reticulation/Fusing/soldering
  • fuel
  • solder
  • flux
  • pickle
  • patina
  • grinder/buffer
  • belt sander
  • drill-press
  • rolling mill
  • scratch brushes
  • steel wool
  • Nylon cross-peen forming hammers
  • cross-peens for forging
  • rubber mallets
  • wooden forming stakes to share
  • mandrels for jump rings
  • mounted vises
  • anvils
  • stumps
  • hammers & mallets to share
  • and a few saws & hand tools and 2 flex-shaft machines

Student should bring:

  • Jewelers saw and assorted blades, mostly 2/0 to 4/0 size
  • bench-pin and clamp
  • bench block 2"x2" or larger
  • half round file 6" or inside ring file
  • needle files
  • sanding stick or sponges
  • jewelers metal shears
  • side cutters
  • assorted jewelry pliers for forming and opening,/closing jump rings
  • planishing hammer for forging or closing spiculum
  • safety glasses


  • cab stones and appropriate width bezel wire and metal for back plate ( feel free to contact me for suggestions or clarifications)
  • Coordinating beads or briolettes to embellish so you have design options
  • burnisher or bezel-pusher if you will be setting a stone
  • Flexshaft burrs and discs for metal clean up
  • bending pliers
  • bezel mandrel
  • optivisor
  • your own clean soft solderite board to lay out and fuse and reticulate on. 6"x6" is a good size.
  • rawhide mallet or nor mar flattening hammer
  • NOTE: we will be using butane torch with attachable fuel canister. (like this: Handy Flame)
  • * If you have one to bring, or would like to purchase one to use and keep to have your own personal set up during class, this torch and your solderite board on a metal cookie sheet would facilitate that...a solder pick and 3rd hand would make it complete. One can of fuel for your personal torch should be plenty.
  • Please let me know ahead of time if you wish me to order you a torch head. We will have several to share, so it is not a necessity to have your own.
  • If any of the tools are a problem, please contact me and see if they can be reserved or shared.

Some workshops may require that you bring supplies or tools that you may not presently possess. If you'd like to place an advance order for jewelry supplies & tools for pick-up at the on-site store when you arrive at AU, contact:

SJ Jewelry Supply LLC

Please note that SJ Jewelry Supply has an extensive selection of products but not all of them may appear on their website. If in doubt about the availability of any product, a simple phone call will get you the information that you desire.

Email your order to: info@sjjewelrysupply.com
call: 602-956-0189

Questions: AprilBowerJewelry@gmail.com
Website: AprilBower.com