Riveting Connections

Course Description

About this course

In this technique based class students will learn all things rivets, from how to use materials such as wire and tubing (to create secure cold connections) to hidden, telescoped, and decorative rivets. Participants will also learn about various tools used in riveting, from the absolutely necessary to those not required but nice to have. Students will likely already have the essentials needed in their own studio.

While this is not a project based class, Melissa will demonstrate and showcase many pieces that will spark the imagination on how to use rivets in creative ways! Students will walk away confident knowing how to choose the proper tools and materials to be successful in their own rivet making.

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Please read the Materials & Tools tab! 

Meet the Instructor

Melissa Muir

Melissa Muir is a designer, metalsmith and educator. She is known for being the Queen of Tools. Her YouTube channel features Tool Time Tuesday and Weekend Jewelry school where she gives tool reviews, tutorials, comparisons and much more to help both the beginner and advancing jeweler. She has worked closely with some of the top educators in the industry including Alan Revere where she has produced videos for his book "Professional Jewelry Making" and Facebook group "Let's Make Professional Jewelry." She has worked to educate jewelers by partnering with companies such as Foredom, Durston, Micro-Tools, Gesswein, Potter USA, Otto Frei, Halstead Bead, Pepetools, Sunstone Engineering and many more. She has written how-to articles for Art Jewelry Magazine and Admins several popular Facebook jewelry groups. Melissa currently lives in Utah with her husband and three daughters. 

Visit Melissa's website or Instagram page to see some of her work. 

Materials & Tools 

Melissa has set up two materials kit options on her website; a $35 kit with a hammer and a $29 kit without a hammer

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:

  • round wire - 18g, 16g, 14g (Rio Grande)
  • drill bits to match each gauge of wire (Rio Grande)
  • tubing - any size and material

Hand tool:

Optional riveting items (if you do not have a rotary hand piece and drill bits):

Other/miscellaneous items: 

  • hard/stable work surface
  • safety glasses 
  • dust mask
  • kebab skewers, balsa wood, or dowels
  • masking tape or painters tape
  • pencil
  • white marking pencil
  • spring clamps or small ratchet clamps
  • paper - for drawing
  • rubber cement or spray adhesive - optional
  • spray lacquer - Deft and Krylon are common brands
  • small fan and open window - for dust
  • bandaids




Melissa Muir


September 21 -23, 2021


1:00 PM -3:00 PM


2 days

All Levels

No Class Dates

September 22

Virtual - Eastern Time Zone
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