Prerequisite: None (must be proficient at cutting out shapes with a saw frame)
Duration: 8 Hours
Kit Fee: $5 (included in your tuition)
Have you wanted to expand your design and fabrication potential? Are you a beginning metalsmith who wants to dip your toe in the waters of fabrication? Do you want to learn how to incorporate different mediums into your jewelry? Try using cold connections!
Riveting is one of the oldest and most versatile ways to join materials together and is frequently considered a “cold connection” because it’s a way to connect metals and objects without the use of a torch or heat source.
This workshop is perfect for metalsmiths of all skill levels including anyone wanting to learn a different way to build jewelry pieces without soldering, artists who would like to incorporate found objects or unconventional materials in their jewelry, or the budding metalsmith who has not yet learned to solder. Students will learn the basic techniques of how to fit and set tube rivets, wire rivets and flush rivets, but the design is up to you!
This class is intended to be fun and a way for artists to learn basic skills that can be tailored to fit the artist’s design needs.
There is not a prerequisite for this workshop, however, students must be proficient in cutting out metal shapes with a jeweler's saw frame.
Bring your Metalsmithing toolbox, including the following items:
3 in. or more Silver tubing, 2mm (outer diameter) Otto Frei #844-2015 OR Rio Grande # 100450
6 in X 6 in 20 ga. copper sheet
1mm drill bit (pilot hole) or #60
1.5mm drill bit (for 14g wire hole) or # 53
2mm drill bit or bud bur
jeweler’s saw frame 4in – 6in
1 dozen 2/0 saw blades and bees wax
Particulate Face Mask (P95 or N95 rated, or better)
metal jeweler’s ruler
3 sanding stick blanks
1 each 220, 320, 400 grit sandpaper
brass gauge or digital calipers
½ round needle file
1 pair earplugs
1 pkg each Bristle discs (Blue, Peach, Green)
3 mandrels for bristle discs
fine point sharpie marker
OPTIONAL: 3.2 mm Dapping Punch (for tube riveting)