Pop, Rocks and Rivet

Pop Rock Rivets

Details

Level: Beginner        Sessions: 1        Hours: 3 hours

Project Overview

Create one of a kind rings and pendants with river stones and silver. This class will offer hands on experience with a flex shaft and how to properly use it. Students will learn how to drill several pieces, create rivets and bend wire for a simply Pop creation! Enough material will be provided to complete both projects in class. 

Tools

  • Bench Block (steel or anodized aluminum) - Used as a hammering surface for metal stamping or working with metal. 

  • Tool Flex Shaft

    Flex Shaft – Rotary tool used for polishing, drilling, finishing, etc. Flex shafts are available for purchase new and gently used at the class. Pleased contact the instructor if are interested in purchasing one at the class as quantities are limited. 

  • Tool Hand Tools

    Basic hand tools – Any quality is appropriate for my classes. These do not need to be high end or expense.

    • Round nose - Typically it is preferred that the round nose be a fine tip. Especially for classes with detailed wire work.
    • Chain/needle nose – Tapered jaws for general metal and wire work. Non-serrated are requested for all of my classes. Typically requested for classes to be used for opening and closing jump rings; in which case, 2 pairs are requested or a combination of chain nose and flat nose is suitable.
    • Flat nose – Similar to chain nose but the jaws are not tapered. Non-serrated are requested for all of my classes. 
  • Mini Stepped MandrelOptional. Handy tool for wire work making loops, jump rings and shaping small pieces of metal. 

     

  • Tool Ott Light

    Ott Light or Task Lamp - This is optional item that is listed for every class. It is up to you to determine whether or not you will need to have one depending on your vision. 

  • Rawhide/Leather Mallet – Shape and flatten metal without marring it. #2 mallet is a standard size. Instructor will provide for every class needed. A yellow nylon mallet may be used in its place, however a rubber one may not.

  • Riveting Hammer (Swiss Hammer) – Best hammer for riveting due to its small size. Instructor will provide for every class needed. 

  • Side Cutters - Also known as wire cutters or snippers.

    For many of my classes I prefer Ultra Flush side cutters because it eases the workload. Ultra flush is the most flush you can buy as opposed to just flush cutters. If you don't own a pair of Ultra Flush cutters, you may want to invest in a good pair either Lindstrom or Swanstrom. There is usually not a different in price between ultra and just flush cutters so why not just buy the best?

    The image shows just a side cutter (top) and ultra flush (bottom).

     

  • Ring Mandrel, Steel – Used for shaping and forming metal into rings. A plastic one will not work in its place. Instructor will provide to share (1 for every 2 people) for every class needed. 

  • Student Files – Standard size is 2/o. For filing metal. . Instructor will provide to share for every class needed. 

  • Super Grip Gloves – Optional for all classes, but most have found these very helpful for drilling class and classes that require a lot filing sanding. Not only will they protect your hands, but the grip will allow you to hold onto the stones you are working with. 

     

  • Tube Cutting Pliers – A great gadget to aid in cutting tubes. These pliers create even leverage on the tube for sawing. Provided for all classes with tubes. 

  • Wood Ring Mandrel – Used to brace rings for polishing; this will save your hands. However, I also use a wood ring mandrel for project where I have to drill into the ring, this way you do not ruin your steel ring mandrel. Wood ring mandrels will be provided to share in classes.