Chunky Chain With S-Clasp

Level: Beginner Plus

An ideal class to start with if you're new to soldering, as we'll start out explaining the process fully before moving on to making a chunky chain where we'll explore working with different profile wire and link shapes. Ideally you'll be reasonably confident with a jewellers saw before taking this project. This class will go live on 31st March 2020
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Class Format

Our classes will be in an on-demand video format so you can watch them whenever it suits you - no need to worry about fitting your schedule around us.  You'll also be able to download and print all our handouts for reference right at your workbench.

Each class will come with downloadable detailed lists of tool and material requirements and we'll even include our favourite suppliers in there too!  Including for all those luscious gemstones.

Whilst we aim to keep our classes waffle-free and as to the point as possible, we can't promise not to go off on tangents exploring techniques and ideas, but hopefully as an artist you'll understand that.

We hope you're going to love our classes as much as we enjoy making them. But more than that, we hope to see you kick some serious ass as you work through the projects here.  Don't forget to share your successes and even your failures on our students-only Facebook page. We want to be with you in the good times and the bad.

Welcome aboard guys - Let's do this!!!


What you'll need

Essential tool requirements:

  • Soldering equipment including a torch (a decent butane torch will suffice for this project), soldering surface (we use hard charcoal or a solderlite pad from Rio Grande, tweezers or solder pick, flux and pickle
  • Cross locking tweezers
  • Jewellers saw and good quality blades (we are using 2/0 blades)
  • Half round needle file #2 or #3 cut
  • Two sets of pliers – flat nose and chain nose will work great, parallel pliers will work even better
  • Flat hand file #0 or #2 cut
  • Cylindrical steel mandrels in various sizes dependant upon the size you wish to use for your chain links, we’ll be using 6mm and 10mm.  You can also purchase a jump ring maker such as those available from Pepe Tools or Potter USA
  • Sandpaper in various grits – we use 240, 600, 800 and 1200
  • Fine brass brush
  • Various gauges and profiles of sterling silver, brass, bronze or copper wire for the chain links.  We’ll be using 18 and 14-gauge round and square profile wire
  • Hard silver solder


The list can go on and on for tool requirements depending on your budget, and we will include a variety of possibilities in our downloadable handouts and during the tutorials. However, we want to make our projects available to everyone irrespective of budget so for the most part we will try not to get too flashy with the essential tools.

We try to be as helpful as possible and we hope that this list will be useful in getting you started. But please be aware that in order to keep class costs low, and because of the potential volume of such queries, we cannot respond to any emails asking about required materials, tools or how to go about using such tools.  The details will be covered extensively in our classes, and we recommend that you don't purchase tools and materials before we have the chance to show you all the incredible possibilities.

Lets do this!

You'll be amazed at just how much you're capable of

It doesn't need to be difficult

Soldering really doesn't need to be as complicated as it's often feared to be. Following a few simple steps with mindfulness and accuracy will help you confidently master the technique. Because of the small scale of this project, it's entirely possible to manage with a small hand-held butane torch.  Once you've got to grips with the basics, we'll take you to the next level to make a super funky, chunky chain with a handmade S-clasp

What's Included in the Course

We've included tonnes of extras to ensure you can complete this project confidently and fabulously!

  • Full video instructions on how to make a chunky chain together with an S-clasp including delving in detail into the wonderful world of soldering - videos are available for one whole year from the class start date!

  • Full downloadable handouts explaining step by step the project - these are yours to download and keep forever!

  • Downloadable tools and materials list

  • Downloadable suppliers list

  • Tool making videos

  • Access to students-only Facebook group

Techniques Covered:

  • Making regular jump rings and heavier gauge jump rings with specialty equipment

  • Annealing and pickling

  • Silver soldering including using and preparing a solder pick

  • Preparing solder for use

  • Creating different chain link variations using textures and forming techniques

  • Using sandpaper effectively and making sandpaper sticks

  • Using rubber wheels and modifying them where necessary

  • Making an S clasp – using pliers and files to form heavy gauge wire

  • Using a tumbler for polishing

  • Creating basic patinas with liver of sulfur

We're here to support you


We want every single student who signs up to not only complete the project, but do it with confidence! We appreciate that everyone learns differently so not only are our lessons delivered through high quality video tutorials, they're also supported by full written handouts including detailed instructions, extensive infographics and high quality close up photographs.



And if that isn't enough, we've got your back with a students-only Facebook page where you can enjoy the community that comes with taking a class - and  where we'll be checking in daily. If you find yourself in a pickle, help is just a click away!  It's also a great way to show off some of your own designs too - go ahead and brag away, we just love to see how you're doing!



We know that it's difficult to get started on the road to creating a jewellery collection. Time, money and confidence play a huge part in addition to learning the skills required. That's why we designed this course to not only be easy to follow, with lessons in video and written form, but our students-only Facebook page will hopefully let you connect with our student community and share feedback and answers to any problems you're facing as well as positive critiques on finished projects.

  • Confidence building, easy to follow, step by step lessons. If you fail that's because we failed you

  • Short and direct to the point lessons, we know you're tight on time, we won't waste it with waffle!

  • • Support and feedback from the community through our students-only Facebook group

Frequently asked questions

  • How often can I watch the videos?

    If you purchase the course, you can watch the videos as many times as you like for a 1-year period.

  • Do I need specialist tools and equipment for this class?

    Yes you will need specific tools for this class, we have included a tool list for you to view at the beginning of the course.

  • Can I download the videos?

    The videos are only playable through the website and so are not downloadable.

  • Can I download the handouts?

    Absolutely you can! It would be pretty tough to work with your laptop on your workbench.

  • I haven't done any metalwork before, is this a good place to start?

    This class is ideal for those who have basic soldering skills or who are new to soldering and have experience using a pendant motor / flex shaft and jewellers saw.

  • Will I get a certificate

    Upon submission of final assignment you will receive a certificate.

  • Do the videos have subtitles?

    Unfortunately not, however our handouts that accompany the videos have extensive, easy to follow instructions.

  • Can I just purchase the handouts?

    We only offer the courses as a package.

  • Will Lucy be able to personally answer any questions we have on the classes?

    We love to hear from our students, but in order to be able to keep our classes at a price point affordable for all, the classes are not interactive. With over 3000 students currently enrolled, it would be impossible to reply to messages from everyone – we are a tiny team and would have no time to create the content you love if we did! If you do want that little extra support however, don’t worry at all, we will be launching membership options later this year which will include us going live every week to answer your questions online.

Instructor

Lucy Walker - Founder and Creative Director


Gemologist, artisan, entrepreneur and educator, Lucy Walker has studied, worked and travelled all over the world, pursuing her dreams in jewellery design.   

Born in Sheffield, England, she moved to Manila at the age of 21 to study at the Gemology Institute of America.  By 23, she was studying metal-smithing and working in fine-jewellery in New York City.   At 28, she returned to her home in England to secure a degree in jewellery design from the prestigious Birmingham City University School of Jewellery before accepting a job with Australia's largest and oldest pearling company, Paspaley, and relocating to Darwin.

Then, in 2015, her globetrotting came to an end, when she moved to Kuala Lumpur, the city she now calls home, to take up a jewellery design teaching position at Raffles College.  Two years later, driven by a desire to establish a modern, relevant curriculum for jewellery design and a creative community in which makers and designers of all levels can feel at home, she established The Academy at Lucy Waker Jewellery Design.

The Academy is unique in that is specializes in short, modular courses to help artisans build a bespoke set of skills to further their own individual passion for making jewellery, with a focus on talent sharing and growing together.  In 2019, The Academy launched an online learning portal to allow more students to join the community.  

In her free time, Lucy continues to travel, observing and learning from goldsmiths, gemologists and metal-smiths around the world and picking up beautiful gems along the way for her private clients.  Lucy is married to her business partner Shaun Terence Teo and under her workbench you'll usually find her CrossFit gear, her running shoes and her other partners in crime, her dogs, Leonard, Lola and Howie.

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