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Taught by Meredith Arnold
Online Class

The Perfect Connection: Rivets & Hinges

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Fabricate flawless rivets and hinges with expert guidance from instructor Meredith Arnold! Get started with tips and tricks that will help you wield your jeweler’s saw with finesse, and learn how to smoothly cut curves, corners and pierced cutouts. Then, discover how to create wire and tube rivets that add structural and decorative connections to your work. Hinges are up next; learn how to make several variations of this versatile connection. Meredith guides you through creating a pin hinge, a slotted T-hinge that makes stunning bracelets a breeze, and a dynamic piano hinge. Finally, combine your new skills in a multi-step project to make a whimsical, one-of-a-kind copper pendant, complete with moving parts!


  • intermediate
  • 7 episodes
  • 2h35m

Included in this Class

1. Materials & Workstation Setup

1. Materials & Workstation Setup

Meet instructor Meredith Arnold and preview the fundamental skills you'll learn throughout class. You'll discover tips for working with aluminum, brass and copper, choosing the best tools for your work, and maintaining proper form to most effectively saw different metals.

2. Sawing for Smooth Connections

2. Sawing for Smooth Connections

Once you're comfortable handling the saw, build those skills with Meredith's advanced sawing techniques. Tackle curves, corners and straightaways, and discover how to create decorative cutouts in your pieces with pierce sawing. Finally, see how to soften and smooth metal edges to fine-tune your design.

3. Wire Rivets

3. Wire Rivets

Add another essential technique to your toolkit! Meredith gives step-by-step directions on how to incorporate riveting into your work, as either a structural or decorative element. You'll get in-depth instruction on how to fasten two pieces of metal together with homemade wire rivets. Plus, Meredith shares her tips and tricks for troubleshooting common problems. You'll also learn how to create several varieties of rivets to enhance your pieces.

Recommended with this class

  • Chain-nose, round-nose & thin mandrel pliers
  • Variety of hammers (chasing, riveting)
  • Hand drill