January 11, 2011

A Riveting Post with Instructor Steven James

Have you seen Steven's new Sit & Spin Riveted Pendant class? We had a real blast filming it a couple of months ago. We loved Steven's easy style and uncomplicated approach to riveting.

Steven shares so many great tips and tricks in this online video class, but we wanted a few more pearls of wisdom on the subject of riveting. Steven was glad to oblige and pass on a few more tips.

Take it away, Steven.

"When I first developed this project, I was thinking about jewelry you can play with.  Sure we might twiddle our chains or pet the pendants hanging from a necklace.  But I mean really play with the jewelry.  I loved the idea of creating something that the wearer could use in real life, like a spinning decision maker – of course it’s doesn’t hurt that the end result is pretty as well!" 
"However, the idea behind this technique is that you are creating movable components in your jewelry, so if the idea of a spinning game board doesn’t rock your boat, consider adding a ‘flying bird’ or a ‘fluttering butterfly’ or a ‘spinning stamped disc’.  The list of movable components is endless and only limited by your imagination." 

 
Steven's Top Tips for Riveting

#1 – Always sketch or draw a design first.  In fact, get yourself a blank sketch book for all of your ideas.  Take it with you everywhere, because you never know when inspiration will strike.

#2 – Practice riveting on scrap blanks.  I set aside a couple of blanks that I use for testing metal stamp impressions and stamping hammers and so should you.  Not only are these blanks perfect for practice stamping, but you can also master your riveting skills with them too!

#3 – Remember riveting isn’t permanent.  If you don’t get it right the first time you can dismantle the piece and start over again.  However, this is one of the reasons why I love to have students practice on a scrap piece first.  Also, the more you rivet, the better you will become – it’s true for everything we are learning in life!

#4 – Take your riveting skills in new directions.  Not only is the spinning design idea list endless, but so is the list of projects.  I’ve created riveted journals, bookmarks and ornaments using this technique.  I love these ideas!  Why, because additional projects beyond jewelry, mean additional practice, which in end will help anyone become a top-notch creative designer.   

#5 – If you plan to produce multiple copies of a project, keep samples of the materials so you’re not always guessing for success.  First, you'll have access to your online video class forever, so you’ll always have the tutorial for reference!  Now you should create a permanent record of the materials you used as well (a perfect use of the sketch book).  Measure and record the diameter, length and gauge of the metal.  Also, it is a good idea to write down the length of the riveting pin so you get the perfect rivet every time you produce a project.

#6 – The most important tip is to always have fun with the process.  Learning a new technique always presents a frustration or two, but don’t let it get the best of you.  When something creative starts to take on the look and feel of work, follow this advice.  Stop what you’re doing and remind yourself, (while potentially looking in the mirror ;-)  'This is my opportunity to take a break from work and other responsibilities.  I’m an incredibly creative person.  I’m giving myself a chance to express myself and share my ideas with the world. Now get back to riveting!'

Join Steven in his creative world of riveting and try out Beaducation's newest online video class, Sit & Spin Riveted Pendant. For a full list of materials, tools and all the details, check it our on our website.

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