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The Perfect Connection: Rivets & Hinges

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Add dynamic movement to your jewelry with artful cold connections!

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What You Get

  • 7 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials list, templates with tools & supplies recommended by Meredith
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Meredith Arnold
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

How it works

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  • Watch on any device anytime.
  • Find downloadable class resources in the class viewer.

Class Overview

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!

Lesson Breakdown

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
3. Wire Rivets
4. Tube Rivets
5. T-Hinges
6. Piano Hinges
7. Advanced Articulation

Recommended with this class

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

Taught by

Meredith  Arnold
Meredith Arnold
Meredith Arnold is a professional artist and designer, and her jewelry and mixed media work has been published in numerous books and magazines. She is the director of ArtWorks in Edmonds, Washington, which hosts workshops and art shows for the community. Meredith has appeared on PBS’ Beads, Baubles and Jewels and she teaches classes around the world.

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