Meredith Arnold

The Perfect Connection: Rivets & Hinges

Meredith Arnold
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Meet instructor Meredith Arnold and preview the fundamental skills you'll learn throughout class. You'll discover tips for working with aluminum, brass and copper, choosing the best tools for your work, and maintaining proper form to most effectively saw different metals.
Once you're comfortable handling the saw, build those skills with Meredith's advanced sawing techniques. Tackle curves, corners and straightaways, and discover how to create decorative cutouts in your pieces with pierce sawing. Finally, see how to soften and smooth metal edges to fine-tune your design.
Add another essential technique to your toolkit! Meredith gives step-by-step directions on how to incorporate riveting into your work, as either a structural or decorative element. You'll get in-depth instruction on how to fasten two pieces of metal together with homemade wire rivets. Plus, Meredith shares her tips and tricks for troubleshooting common problems. You'll also learn how to create several varieties of rivets to enhance your pieces.
Delve deeper by learning how to create your own tube rivets. Find out which types of tubes will work best for your projects. Then watch Meredith's easy-to-learn process of measuring, drilling and cutting a tube with a saw and jig -- and joining everything together using an assortment of flaring tools. Add movement to your pieces with Meredith's simple trick for creating articulated rivets!
Discover multiple ways that T-hinges can add movement and function to your jewelry designs. Meredith demonstrates how to make the pin version of this hinge by rolling metal flaps into perfectly round tubes. See her technique for filing and fitting the metal pieces together, then adding the pin to set the hinge. You'll also find out how to make a slotted T-hinge with tabs -- perfect for creating stunning bracelets!
Learn how the piano hinge can add an element of surprise and controlled movement to your work. Meredith illustrates key elements for attaining the most precise fit and positioning. You'll also see Meredith's tips for rolling a tight and uniform tube, as well as her tricks for troubleshooting. Put the finishing touches on your jewelry by adding striking hinge-pin variations!
Use your newfound skills to create a unique -- and whimsical -- copper pendant with moving parts. Learn how to stage a multi-step project involving both rivets and hinges, and create the pendant right alongside Meredith. You'll be inspired to apply these skills to creating endless designs of your own!
 
 
7 Lessons
2  hrs 35  mins

Fabricate flawless rivets and hinges with expert guidance from instructor Meredith Arnold! Get started with tips and tricks that will help you wield your jeweler’s saw with finesse, and learn how to smoothly cut curves, corners and pierced cutouts. Then, discover how to create wire and tube rivets that add structural and decorative connections to your work. Hinges are up next; learn how to make several variations of this versatile connection. Meredith guides you through creating a pin hinge, a slotted T-hinge that makes stunning bracelets a breeze, and a dynamic piano hinge. Finally, combine your new skills in a multi-step project to make a whimsical, one-of-a-kind copper pendant, complete with moving parts!

Meredith Arnold

Meredith Arnold is a professional artist and designer, and her jewelry and mixed media work has been published in numerous books and magazines. She is the director of ArtWorks in Edmonds, Washington, which hosts workshops and art shows for the community. Meredith has appeared on PBS’ Beads, Baubles and Jewels and she teaches classes around the world.

Meredith Arnold

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