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Riveting Part 1 - Simple Wire Rivets

Joanne Tinley, Jewellery Designer, Tutor and Writer

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11 Videos (51m)
    • Riveting Part 1 - Simple Wire Rivets

      2:36
    • Riveting Part 1 - Simple Wire Rivets - materials

      1:49
    • Riveting Part 1 - Simple Wire Rivets - equipment

      3:03
    • Riveting Part 1 - Simple Wire Rivets - a few pieces from the soldering kit

      1:57
    • Riveting Part 1 - Simple Wire Rivets - preparing the rivets

      8:18
    • Riveting Part 1 - Simple Wire Rivets - drilling

      6:26
    • Riveting Part 1 - finishing the rivets

      10:42
    • Riveting Part 1 - Simple Wire Rivets - making the headpins

      2:56
    • Riveting Part 1 - Simple Wire Rivets - wrapped loops

      4:40
    • Riveting Part 1 - Simple Wire Rivets - making the earwires

      7:43
    • Riveting Part 1 - Simple Wire Rivets - final thoughts

      1:13

About This Class

Soldering is great fun and opens up a whole new world in jewellery making, but sometimes it's just as great to use materials that don't stand the heat! That's where rivets come in - a cold connection technique that holds layers of a jewellery design together without the need for a blowtorch.

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This is the first class in a series that will teach you all you need about riveting. We'll start with simple wire rivets that I will use to hold pretty silver flowers firmly in place on smooth wooden beads - however you could use them to layer copper onto brightly coloured acrylic, patterned pieces cut from a recycled biscuit tin onto silver or leather and metal. The only limit is your imagination and riveting is a great way of using upcycled materials!

Future classes in the series will take you through how to add two perfect rivets, how and when to use one or more decorative rivets and also rivets made from tube. More videos with extra projects to help you practice your new skills will then follow!

Further classes in the course can be found at:

Riveting Part 2 - Double Wire Rivets

Riveting Part 3 - Decorative Rivets

Riveting Part 4 - Double Decorative Rivets

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I had been struggling to rivet, and then Jo showed me where I was going wrong. This class is perfect; everything explained so clearly and concisely. And yes, I've just ordered myself a riveting hammer. Next I'm going to go through my old stash to see what I have that I can either rivet to silver, or use as a base. Thank Jo.

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Joanne Tinley

Jewellery Designer, Tutor and Writer

I have been making my own jewellery for as long as I can remember and left my first career as a school teacher to set up business as a jewellery designer and tutor nearly 10 years ago. I am self-taught and like many people I started with wire and beads. Learning how to solder, however, opened up a whole new world of jewellery making! There is something so magical about watching solder flow through a seam, joining two pieces of metal together smoothly.

I work from my studio on the south...

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