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Riveting Part 3 - Decorative Rivets

Joanne Tinley, Jewellery Designer, Tutor and Writer

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10 Videos (43m)
    • Riveting Part 3 - Decorative Rivets

      2:54
    • Riveting Part 3 - Decorative Rivets - materials

      2:15
    • Riveting Part 3 - Decorative Rivets - equipment

      4:33
    • Riveting Part 3 - Decorative Rivets - soldering equipment

      3:38
    • Riveting Part 3 - Decorative Rivets - soldering

      3:37
    • Riveting Part 3 - Decorative Rivets - drilling

      2:34
    • Riveting Part 3 - Decorative Rivets - finishing the rivet

      15:22
    • Riveting Part 3 - Decorative Rivets - making the headpin

      3:21
    • Riveting Part 3 - Decorative Rivets - finishing the pendant

      3:10
    • Riveting Part 4 - final thoughts

      1:12

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 third class in my series moves on again through the riveting techniques, encouraging you to add more detail to your jewellery designs by using rivets that are more decorative than a simple hammered piece of wire. This time we're going to learn how to make and use decorative rivets. I'm just going to use one rivet in my design, but once you've mastered the technique you can add more than one rivet to your jewellery.

I do recommend that you watch the first two riveting classes in the series as this class builds on the techniques covered there:

Riveting Part 1 - Simple Wire Rivets

Riveting Part 2 - Double Wire Rivets

I'm going to make a pendant in the video to show you all the different steps. The top layer on my design is a flower sawn from silver sheet and I'm going to rivet it onto a wooden bead using a rivet with a decorative circle that will form the centre of the flower. However you could usedecorative rivets to layer copper onto brightly coloured acrylic, patterned pieces cut from a recycled biscuit tin or sandwich fabric or leather between layers of metal, as long as the decorative top of the rivet is made from a metal you can solder the rivet wire onto. The only limit is your imagination and riveting is a great way of using upcycled materials!

Other classes in the series will take you through simple wire rivets, how and when to use more than one decorative rivet and also how to make rivets 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 4 - Double Decorative Rivets

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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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