Rockin' Rivets

Rockin' Rivets

Details

Level: Beginner        Sessions: 1        Hours: 3 hours

Project Overview

If you have been be collecting beach glass, shells, river rocks or beads that don’t have holes, I have creative ways to make them useful. 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 and create rivets for a great finish! Most students will finish at least 3 pieces. Stones will vary in color and size.
 

Tools

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

  • Center punch – Used to create a dimple in metal to start a hole for drilling. Also used for riveting. Provided by instructor for all classes

  • 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. 
  • Jeweler’s Saw – Used for cutting sheet metal and metal tubes. Instructor will provide for every class needed. 

  • Tool Magnifier or Optivisor

    Magnifier or Optivisor – For almost all classes this is listed as an “As Needed” tool. If you have sight challenges it is recommended that you are properly prepared. For advance stone setting classes this is required! If you decide to use reading glasses consider better than 2.5x. 

     

  • 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. 

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

  • 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.