Riveting: BIG and Small!

Course Description

About this course

Rivets are one of the oldest and most prolific cold connection joinery techniques mankind has utilized throughout history. Whether decorative or functional, rivets add a distinct visual style to anything they find themselves incorporated into. In this demo-focused virtual workshop, students will learn the ins and outs of hammering a metal rods/wire into these structural and decorative elements, with a distinct focus on a range of small to large, and in two variations used most commonly in jewelry and metalsmithing - flush rivets and mushroom rivets.

Larger rivets require larger tools and items to complete and the instructor will demonstrate using a drill press to create the large holes requireed for the technique. 

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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.

Metal/raw materials:

Hand tools:

Torch setup:

  • 1 x fireproof area - steel sheet, tiles, etc. (Amazon or Home Depot)
  • 1 x Solderite™ pad / pan with pumice (Rio Grande or Rio Grande)
  • 1 x compressed charcoal block - hard (Rio Grande)
  • 1 x torch - Smith mini, Silversmith, or butane (Rio Grande or Rio Grande)
  • 1 x #0 or #1 torch tip - if getting Silversmith (Rio Grande)
  • 1 x striker or lighter - Silversmith system has one (Rio Grande)
  • 1 x copper tongs - for pickle (Rio Grande)
  • 1 x pickle - sodium bisulfate or citric acid (Rio Grande or Amazon)
  • 1 x crock pot or lidded glass container (Rio Grande or Amazon)
  • 1 x tempered glass container or sink - for quenching and rinsing

Other/miscellaneous items: 

  • safety glasses
  • flat work surface

Tuition

$150.00

Instructor

William Vanaria

Dates

March 5 -6, 2022

Time

10:00 AM -12:00 PM

Length

2 days

Level 
Basic and above
Location 
Virtual - Eastern Time Zone
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