03/20 Rivets and Cold Connections Essentials


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March 20, 2021 
10:00 am - 1:00 pm PDT

Instructor: Jennifer Stenhouse

Beginning to Intermediate Levels

Zoom link and instructions for joining the call will be emailed 1 day prior to class.

Check the SUPPLY LIST below. It will contain links to buy the supplies you need.

Rivets and cold connections are a way of connecting metal and non-metal parts without soldering. This can be a great way to put parts together when you don’t have the option to solder. It can also be a way to connect colorful and non-metal parts to your work when glue just won’t do! We will discuss how to create secure rivets using tubes and wires, the use of tube rivets as hinges, decorative rivets, finding and making screws, tabs, and other ways to put parts together.


Supply List for Students

Links below take you to RioGrande.com. To see prices for precious metal items, you need a free Rio Grande account. Registered Little Metal Foxes students can access the Rio for Schools program for significant savings (discounts and flat-rate shipping).

Recommended materials:

  • Ball, stone setting, flame or cone bur slightly larger than your drilled rivet hole size can be used for countersinking.
  • 20, 22, or 24g sheet metal. Pieces that are under 1x2” would be great.

Rivet materials:

  • 16g round wire
  • #55 drill bit


  • 18g round wire
  • #58/59 drill bit


  • 2mm tube (2mm crimp beads will work well!)
  • #45 drill bit or punch.


Good prep would be to have a few small items available to cut into shapes you’d like to connect. These items can be metal, paper, or other thin flat materials that won’t be crushed if lightly hammered.

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