Learn to rivet. Rivets are part of a large family of cold connections that join pieces together without heat. You can rivet virtually any type of material together, from paper to metal and everything in between. Rivets themselves can be large or small, basic or elaborate, invisible or highly decorative. In all cases the concept is the same and is a basic metalworking skill. We connect layers of material together, generally using round wire or tubing. The ends are enlarged to form a secure connection, all without using heat.
In this workshop you will learn the basics. After practicing, we will concentrate on creating a pendant or pair of earrings. Techniques covered include annealing, texturing metal using a variety of tools, creating shapes, refining edges, patina and riveting using both wire and tubing.
Material fee includes copper, brass, and bronze sheet metals, rivets, wire, and tubing.
Class size 8
Level Beginner and above
Student Supply List
The Smejas’ Jewelry Studio at Shake Rag Alley supplies necessary hand tools, but if you have your own, please bring them.
- Tuition $100
- Materials Fee $10
Registration Policies & Waiting Lists
You will receive a registration confirmation via email. If you do not have an email address, you will receive a snail-mail confirmation.
Please read your class confirmation carefully as it may include a supply list and other important details, and note our current COVID-19 protocols on our Planning Your Workshop Experience page.
Many classes have materials fees in addition to the tuition. These are identified in the class listing and are usually paid with the tuition payment, however in some cases materials fees are paid directly to the instructor at class time (check the class listing).
While we recognize that life intrudes and plans change, in consideration of the time and energy instructors invest in preparing for classes, we must adhere to the following cancellation policies:
> Cancellations made 31 days before the published registration deadline date for any given workshop are eligible for a full refund less 25% of the workshop fee OR a gift certificate in the full amount of the workshop fee. The gift certificate can be applied to workshops or lodging through Dec. 31 of the following year and is transferable.
> Cancellations made 30 days or less than the published registration deadline date for any given workshop are not eligible for refunds. We encourage all students to purchase trip insurance.
> Cancellation requests must be made by calling our office at (608) 987-3292.
> If you have booked lodging with Shake Rag Alley in conjunction with your class, please refer to our lodging page for the lodging cancellation policy.
Cancellations by Shake Rag Alley
> If Shake Rag Alley must cancel a class you will be notified immediately via email or phone and will receive a full refund.
> If a class does not meet a minimum number of students, it may be cancelled. A decision to cancel a class due to under enrollment will be made on the day following the published registration deadline.
> If you have booked lodging with Shake Rag Alley in conjunction with a class cancelled by Shake Rag Alley, you may receive a full refund on lodging should you wish to cancel the lodging. Please call the office at (608) 987-3292.
If a workshop you are interested in is sold out, please fill out this waiting list form. We will contact you if a spot becomes available. The class code requested on the form is the Workshop ID shown at left, beneath the Add to Cart button.