Prerequisite: None


Expand your design and fabrication potential with riveting (also know as 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 no 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" or more Sterling Silver Tubing, 2mm (outer diameter) ( Rio Grande #100450)

  • 6x6" 20ga copper sheet

  • 1mm drill bit (for pilot hole) or #60

  • 1.5mm drill bit (for 14g wire hole) or #53

  • 2mm drill bit or bud bur

  • jeweler’s saw frame, 2/0 blades and bees wax/bur lube

  • Riveting Hammer

  • Safety Glasses

  • Particulate Face Mask (P95 or N95 rated, or better)

  • Metal Jeweler’s Ruler

  • Sandpaper/Sanding sticks in 220, 320, 400 and 600 grit

  • Brass gauge or Digital Calipers

  • Scribe

  • Half-Round Needle File

  • Fine point sharpie marker


  • 3.2 mm Dapping Punch (for tube riveting)

  • Bud Bur Set Rio Grande part #342629

  • 14ga Sterling Silver round wire

  • 20ga Sterling Silver and/or Brass sheet or 22 ga copper shapes 


8 Contact Hours  |  Kit fee is included in your tuition ($5 value)

Riveting: Sat, Oct 29

SKU: 021961