Mushroom and Flush Riveting

Course Description

About this course

Riveting is the process of connecting multiple components through a hole by hammering the ends of a small wire. For most metalsmiths, the torch is the be-all and end-all in joining multiple pieces of metal. However, there are many situations where the application of heat is not appropriate and many more where the visual aesthetic of cold connections such as rivets can create a unique design in addition to joining the components. In this live virtual workshop, students will learn how to create mushroom and flush rivets, the two main types of rivets used in jewelry and metalsmithing.

Class will be held live via Zoom during the designated time frames. A link to the Zoom meeting will be sent via email.

Each session will be recorded and you will receive a password protected link to the recordings that will expire after 30 days. 

Please read the Materials & Tools tab! 

Meet the Instructor

William Vanaria

William Vanaria is a Massachusetts based artist with a penchant for oddball materials. His work utilizes traditional metalsmithing techniques and a wide verity of non-traditional materials to produce jewelry which both questions and comments on notions of romanticism, value, fakery, and the hierarchy of materials present within modern day consumer culture. Through his work he pushes for a broader system of value which has been formulated though experience, consideration, and critical thinking.
 
William received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design with a concentration in "Jewelry & Metalsmithing" in 2012. Afterwards, he spent time working within the jewelry industry and volunteering as a teacher's assistant for various art institutions. He found that the latter was much more fulfilling, so he went on to further his education within the arts and to pursue a career in teaching. William received his Masters of Fine Arts degree from the University of Massachusetts: Dartmouth in 2016; once again with a concentration in "Jewelry & Metalsmithing."

 

Materials & Tools 

The following supplies will be used for course demonstrations and objectives. A suggested item and/or vendor has been provided below for reference. Click the vendor name (in red) to be redirected to a page where you can find the item. The quantities needed for each item are listed first. If ordering, please be aware that some items may come in larger quantities than needed for this class. We recommend not opening an item's packaging until the day of the workshop. Student participation during or in-between class sessions is strongly encouraged but not required - observers are welcome.

  • 1 x riveting hammer (Contenti - item # 260-353)
  • 1 x chasing hammer (Contenti - item # 260-825)
  • 1 x rotary hand piece - flex shaft, dremel, etc. or hand drill (Contenti)
  • 2 x #52 1.702mm drill bit (Contenti - item # 200-051)
  • 1 x center punch (Contenti - item # 380-830)
  • 1 x 4 inch piece of 14 gauge wire (Contenti - item # 560-172)
  • 2 x 18g sheet metal - scraps will work - roughly 1"x2" (Contenti)
  • 1 x steel block (Contenti - item # 100-086) 
  • 1 x bench pin (Contenti)
  • 1 x c-clamp or hand clamp or tape - to hold metal (Amazon)
  • 1 x 2 mm to 3 mm Setting bur or drill bit (Contenti - item # 340-413-030)
  • 1 x reamer/brooch set (Rio Grande)
  • hard work surface 
  • safety classes
  • dust mask

Tuition

$150.00

Instructor

William Vanaria

Dates

February 6 -7, 2021

Time

1:00 PM -3:00 PM

Length

2 days

Level 
All Levels
Location 
Virtual - Eastern Time Zone
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