Cold Connections In Jewelry Making

I’ve always been fascinated by Cold Connections. Using things like rivets, snaps, eyelets, grommets, brads, screws or just a piece of wire can be a creative way to connect two pieces together to make an interesting  jewelry statement. Wire wrapping is also considered a cold connection. A simple jump ring or a head pin with a loop on the end – Yes – they are a cold connections, too.

I consider Connie Fox an expert on cold connections. Her work is innovative and creative.  And she has a wonderful web store full of tools and supplies that are irresistible .

Another authority on cold connections is Susan Lenart Kazmer.  She has a fabulous book you might want to check out called “Making Connections” . (Note* – I think the publisher is going out of print on this book) There is a lot of info at your fingertips and a must have for your jewelry making library.  It retails for $48, but follow this link to Fire Mountain Gems and get it for only $25.70, plus $5 flat rate shipping with FedEx. Susan also has a DVD named Metalwork: Making Cold Connections with Rivets available from Interweave for $24.99

Susan’s Blog for those of you who would like to follow her work.

Tim McCreight, the overall master of metalsmithing, also has a DVD that should be very helpfull. I haven’t seen it, but come on ! It’s Tim McCreight 🙂 It’s called Cold Connections and the Power of Found Objects

Goodness, I nearly forgot about Mary Hettmansperger !!! How I don’t know when I own 3 of her books.  🙂

Cold connections is one of her specialties and how I initially got interested in the subject.  I saw Mary on several episodes of Bead, Baubles & Jewels and her work intrigued me. My favorite book is called Wrap, Stitch, Fold & Rivet: Making designer Metal Jewelry. It’s full of interesting projects and fun ways to connect pieces together. I also love Fabulous Woven Jewelry: Plaiting, Coiling, Knotting, Looping & Twining with Fiber & Metal.

I rounded up a list of links to give you some ideas and inspiration. 🙂

Techniques for Riveting
Setting a stone with no soldering
YouTube video
another YouTube video
Riveting video
Setting Wire Rivets

The Cold Connections - Metal Jewelry Sans Flame
Art Jewelry Magazine forum

5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Dez
    Aug 04, 2010 @ 20:11:03

    Great post. I’ve started experimenting with cold connections. Susan Kazmer’s DVD is also available at Jo-Ann’s stores. I picked it up a few weeks ago.


  2. Lynn Reno
    Aug 05, 2010 @ 12:21:48

    I just opened about 10 new window frames on my computer, loads of things to check out, Thanks!


  3. claire maunsell
    Aug 06, 2010 @ 07:41:32

    You are SO helpful – thank you!


  4. Cindy Lietz, Polymer Clay Tutor
    Aug 09, 2010 @ 14:29:05

    Great post Tonja! I just love what is happening in the Jewelry Making industry right now. Some time back when I worked with punched tin, I would rivet two pieces of tin together, using a rivet gun. But I have not yet tried using wire or tubes like shown in these books. I’ve been wanting to combine more cold connections with my polymer clay work. It is nice to see there are more books and resources available now. Thanks for sharing your knowledge!


  5. Suzanne Mallabone
    Mar 25, 2012 @ 12:49:18

    Your cold connection work is inspiring! Thank you for the links to the books too.

    Keep creating!


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