Cold Connections (Riveting) Jewelry Workshop


Cold Connections (Riveting) Jewelry Workshop


Learn how to make metal jewelry without picking up a torch! This one-day jewelry making workshop is perfect for beginners and metalsmiths looking to learn a new skill.

Riveting, unlike soldering, is considered a cold-connection. It is 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. In this workshop, students will learn how to create 3 rivet types: basic, tube, and flush. After making samples of each, students will use their new skills to assemble a 3-metal "camping trailer" pendant. 

Prerequistes: None

Class is at a 3-person max, to encourage more hand-on instruction with instructor and allowing for social distancing.

Tools required: none. Materials kit is $25 (cash, check or PayPal), with payment directly to instructor.  Materials kit includes tubing and the kit to make the trailer pendant as shown in the picture.  

Cancellation Policy:  Last day to cancel for a full refund is July 16.

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 Metals I for Boulder School of Metals and specialty workshops at Silver Peak Studio.