Cold connections riveting class in Boulder at Silver Peak Studio
Rivet samples for riveting class at Silver Peak Studio
Riveted pendant jewelry workshop at Silver Peak Studio
Tab brooch by Silver Peak Studio
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Cold Connections: Riveting and Tabs

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Learn how to metalsmith jewelry without picking up a torch! In this one-day workshop in our sunny, spotless, newly expanded jewelry school in Louisville, you will learn how to connect metal pieces without heat by using two methods: riveting and tabs.

Riveting, unlike soldering, is considered a cold-connection. It's used to assemble materials that cannot withstand high temperatures, such as wood, plastic, or glass. Also, riveting can be used to add visual interest or contrast to a given piece. 

Most people are familiar with rivets, but less so with tabs. Tabs are similar to those seen on paper doll sets of old. In this case, we will saw our tabs from metal and use them to lock two or more pieces of metal together.

In this metalsmithing workshop, students will learn how to create the three different  rivet types: basic, tube, and flush as well as tabs. After making samples of each type of cold connection, students will use their new skills to assemble the two provided kits.

Prerequisites: None

Class is 8 hours with a 45 minute break for lunch. We have a mini fridge and microwave, a separate lunch room and a deck with a mountain view where you can relax on your break. We also have Nespresso coffee, tea, and snacks available for purchase.

Tools and Materials

Tools will be provided.  Please bring a KN95 or N95 mask for polishing.  If you do not have one, we have them for sale for $6 (limit 1 per person).

Materials kit is $35 (cash or check), with payment directly to instructor.  Materials kit includes tubing, metals, and studio fees. 

Cancellation Policy:  Last day to cancel for a full refund is May 1, 2021.

About the instructor, Chris Weston

Chris WestonChris Weston graduated from Haywood Community College in North Carolina with an A.A.S. degree in Professional Crafts/Jewelry. He also has a B.A. in English from Dartmouth College and an M.A. in TESL/Secondary Education from the University of New Mexico. He has taken workshops around the country from notable jewelry artists that include Charles Lewton-Brain, Carrie Adell, Julia Turner, Chris Darway, and Sarah Obrecht, among others. In 2000, he attended The Istituto Pietro Selvatico, in Padova, Italy, where he studied goldsmithing with Graziano Visintin.

He began his teaching career in Japan in 1985, and eventually transitioned from teaching English as a foreign language to teaching high school art in 2001, when he became a high school art teacher for Las Cruces Public Schools. While in Las Cruces, he also started teaching adult jewelry classes in the continuing education program for Dona Ana Community College.

Since moving to Colorado in 2016, he has taught jewelry workshops for Boulder Metalsmithing Association and Life Long Learning. He is currently teaching specialty workshops at Silver Peak Studio.