Category Archives: Riveting

Making Lemonade – Or Not Wasting Beautiful Stones

A while ago I ordered some specially drilled semi-precious cabochons for a particular project, unfortunately they all arrived with damage around the large drilled holes.  The supplier kindly sent replacements but it kept bothering me that the original very beautiful, but damaged, stones were sitting sadly in their box. Here’s one of the labradorites.

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I thought I could rivet on a large bail to hide the damage whilst still showing off the beautiful flash (the thickness of the stone made it a bit awkward too).

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I cut 2 silver discs, rolled them to make ovals and added a spiral texture and oxidized them.

I riveted the discs together so the stone is able to swing and a silk or chain can be threaded through the top.

Not perfect but not bad for a stone that was too good for the bin and too damaged to use.

Let me know your ideas for a stone like this ?

Students Work, Ted Posing It Up & The La Vidalerie Race Car !

May and June have been very busy months for us with lots of workshops and wonderful students making lots of beautiful Jewellery using a variety of techniques from silversmithing to fold forming, riveting to glass fusing.

You can click each of the photos to go into the individual FaceBook albums to see more details photos and read a little more about them  – you’ll see some of the new project we have added to the workshops too.

Margaret – Wonderful Week of Jewellery May 2015
It was lovely to see Margaret again, this time she wanted to explore fold forming, silversmithing and riveting.  She made some really beautiful jewellery including earrings with half drilled pearls and a riveted copper and silver pendant.

Students work silversmithing riveting and fold forming

Lourika – Introduction to Silversmithing May 2015

silversmithing students work class

Lourika came for 2 days of silversmithing, she had been making a lot of beautiful stamped jewellery in aluminum (and fabulous personalised books) and wanted to expand her skills into silver. Look at all the wonderful things she made in just 2 days !

Paula – Silversmithing & More June 2015

Paula June 2015 Silversmithing (1)

Paula tried our new project incorporating seaglass into a pendant as well as pearl drilling to make this riveting pearl ring.

Sally – Silver & The Sea – June 2015

sea glass jewellery

Sally came back to explore more ways of bringing sea glass and the sea into her jewellery, her 3 days included silversmithing, wire work and stamping and our new project – a sea glass ring.

Larrissa – Silversmithing & Tube Setting – June 2015

silversmithing tube setting workshop

Larrissa wanted to learn how to solder and this 3 day workshop gave her chance to learn the basics along with an introduction to tube setting and stamping. Here are some of the beautiful pieces she made.

Sarah – Introduction to Silversmithing – June 2015

silversmithing workshop students work

Sarah came for Fold Forming but stayed for Riveting & Silversmithing 😉 3 wonderful days of interesting techniques and lovely jewellery – Here is what she made.

Gail & Ruth – Silversmithing, Stamping & Wire – June 2015

jewellery making holiday

Gail and Ruth had a couple of days of jewellery making as part of a holiday, in two short days we visited silversmithing, riveting and wire wrapping.

Barbara – Silversmithing & Riveting – June 2015

riveted jewellery students work amethyst

Barbara came to us for our Introduction to Silversmithing but found time for riveting and stamping too.

Iseult – Silversmithing & Tube Setting – June 2015

stone setting, tube setting workshop

Iseult wanted to come back to La Vidalerie to expand her silversmithing skills to include tube setting, here are the beautiful things she made in just 3 days !

Mary – Silver & Glass – June 2015

Glass fusing & silversmithing anticlastic ring

Mary joined us for a 3 day silversmithing workshop but wanted to include a taster session of glass fusing.  She made a beautiful (and difficult) textured anticlastic ring and it was her first experience of silversmithing.

Stephanie – 2 Day Introduction to Silversmithing – June 2015

Stephanie June 2015 Silversmithing (1)

Stephanie came to La Vidalerie for a 2 day Introduction to Silversmithing – Here are the lovely pieces she made.

Laura – Wonderful Week of Jewellery – June 2015

handmade cufflinks workshop

It was lovely to see Laura again for a fabulous week of jewellery making – She wanted to include silversmithing, etching & riveting. Here are the beautiful pieces of jewellery she made (including a gorgeous pair of etched copper and silver cufflinks).

Little Ted
Tim has had so many pictures to take of jewellery in the last couple of months it’s just as well he had Little Ted to help him 😉

Ginger Cats

La Vidalerie Race Car

Tim's New Car ;-)

Those of you who have met Tim might be aware of his interest in Scalextric racing – this is his work in progress, it will be branded with our logo and will eventually race against Steve’s Hotel Solomiac’s car 😉  Boys !

A Setting A Day – Day 7 – Riveted or Wrapped ! Two ways to make this turquoise ring.

Well I actually managed to meet my own challenge this time and post every day for a week about different types of settings or how to bring stones into your jewellery.

Todays I’m going to show you 2 different ways of making a ring with similar results.

Turquoise Rings Riveted Wrapped SilverThe one on the left is Riveted and the one on the right is Wrapped.

Riveted Ring

Silver ring riveting kit

Ingredients (I couldn’t think of a better word)
Silver ring with hole
Silver rivet
Silver beadcap
Suitable bead
IMPORTANT – For riveting to be successful the holes in the ring, beadcap and bead must be just a tiny bit bigger than the rivet (just enough for the rivet to pass through)  REMEMBER to wear goggles when riveting !

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You can see what your ring is going to look like and even carefully try it on before committing to a particular bead

Riveted silver ring kit

Riving is a very versatile technique – we run Fold Forming & Riveting workshops and can include Riveting in many of the other workshops we run – please click here for more information.  So if you are not confident about riveting you can either come to one of our workshops or make the wrapped version below 😉

Wrapped Ring

silver ring kit handmade

Ingredients
Silver ring with hole
Silver balled end wire
Silver beadcap
Bead

This technique is a lot more forgiving – as long as the wire (I used 0.6mm wire) can go through the bead and the holes in the ring bead cap and it should work and it doesn’t matter (within reason 😉 that the holes are bigger than the wire (my ring has a 1.2mm hole).

Thread the wire though the beadcap, bead then ring and tightly bring the wire up around the ring next to the bead, then around the other side of the bead.  Wrap the wire around and under the bead and make sure when you have wrapped enough times the last wrap is tight and the end is tucked away safely  – you can see the underneath of my ring in this photo.

wrapped turquoise ring

Wrapped turquoise and silver ring

I’m thinking about making the rings available as kits:-

Riveted Ring Kit
Stamped Silver ring with hole
Silver rivet
Silver beadcap

Wrapped Ring Kit
Silver ring with hole
Silver balled end wire

Let me know what you think.

This is the last day of my Setting A Day – please do visit the other days – I hope you find them interesting enough to leave a comment.  If you follow my blog you’ll receive an email each time I add a new post.

A Setting A Day – Day 1 – Cute Prong Set Turquoise Ring
A Setting A Day – Day 2 – Bezel Set Ring
A Setting A Day – Day 3 – Sweet & Simple – Pearls on Wires – Step by Step
A Setting A Day – Day 4 – Fabulous Tube Setting !
A Setting A Day – Day 5 – Fab Sea Glass Rings !
A Setting A Day – Day 6 – Setting Half Drilled Pearls

Step by Step Setting Cabs using Riveting and How to Make these Mixed Metal Earrings !

I made these earrings recently and it was only when I finished that I thought what a good step by step tutorial they’d make.

handmade silver riveted labradorite earrings

Riveting sterling silver & labradorite earrings – £28

Unfortunately I hadn’t taken any photos so I made different pair in a similar way and photoed each stage.

Handmade riveted mixed metal earrings step by step how to make tutorial

Copper & Silver Riveted Earrings Hanging on my Handmade Wild Garden Straights Ear Wires

tutorial earrings

Step 1 – Cut 2 pairs of triangles our of 0.3mm copper sheet (when the earrings are riveted 2 x 0.3mm = 0.6mm a nice weight/strength for earrings

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Step 2 – 2 discs cut from textured sterling silver sheet = also 0.3mm thick

domed silver discs

Step 3 – Silver discs domed using a metal doming black

Step 4 - holes (a little smaller than diameter of domed discs)  punched in copper triangles.

Step 4 – holes (a little smaller than diameter of domed discs) punched in copper triangles.

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Mighty Punch – This was what I used to make the holes.

Step 5 - Pick a hole in the doming block that is slightly larger than the hole in the triangle.  Use a punch to gently flare the hole outwards

Step 5 – Pick a hole in the doming block that is slightly larger than the hole in the triangle. Use a punch to gently flare the hole outwards

step by step mixed metal earrings handmade

Step 6 – Check the silver domes fit the triangles.

Step 7 - Drill 1mm holes for the 1mm rivets

Step 7 – Drill 1mm holes for the 1mm rivets

Step 8 - Handmade fine silver balled end rivets (these could have been made out of sterling silver)

Step 8 – Handmade fine silver balled end rivets (these could have been made out of sterling silver)

riveted earrings tutorial

Step 9 – Put the earrings together remembering to include the domed silver discs – put the silver rivets through the earrings front to back

Earrings ready to be riveted - I added an additional wire rivet near the top. - They are then ready to sand down the edges and add the ear wires.

Earrings ready to be riveted – I added an additional wire rivet near the top. – They are then ready to sand down the edges and add the ear wires.

handmade sterling silver ear wires unique

Wild Garden Straights – handmade silver ear wires – £4 per pair

Handmade riveted mixed metal earrings step by step how to make tutorial

Copper & Silver Riveted Earrings Hanging on my Handmade Wild Garden Straights Ear Wires

handmade silver riveted labradorite earrings

These earrings were made in a  very similar way, I punched the hole for the labradorite cab through both pieces of silver to allow the light to shine through and I riveted a bail on the top.

You can use this technique for semi-precious cabs, round fused glass cabs and domed discs.

Learning how to rivet gives you lots of options in your jewellery making – have a look here for more examples – Riveting Workshop or see more riveted jewellery made by our students on our FB page

Just a Little Bit of Snow This Year – So Far…..

For those of you who missed my snowy pictures on FB – Here are a few of the photos I have taken in our lane whilst walking Choo Choo

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Our lane

Our lane

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This is our closest village – Lunet

And these two photos I’m planning to etch into rings – I’ll post photos when I find the time to do this 😉

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Ivy

And Finally… Choo Choo

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Choo Choo after his walk – His legs have turned into snowballs !

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Quick GiveAway – UPDATE 1.3.15 – Congratulations to Caroline J – Winner !

Add a comment with the name of our closest village to be included in the draw for a pair of my new handmade silver crescent moons – winner can choose hammered or sanded finish – Draw ends Sunday midnight 15th Feb 2015 (don’t worry if your comment doesn’t appear – they won’t until after midnight on Sunday)

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Handmade silver crescent moons – Sanded finish – £5.50 a pair

handmade silver findings

Hammered Moons – £5.50 a pair

Old Film + Copper Washers = Earrings ! Day 29 – Step by Step Earrings

Riveting, aren’t they 😉

Film8These earrings started off a couple of years ago when I went to a local vide grenier (literally translates as empty attic) a bit like a car boot sale without the cars.  Some vides are all broken Barbie dolls and action figures others very antiquey.  This one was in Estaing and included the little school selling off lots of very old school equipment.

step by step riveted earrings

Including this old film – Histoire de la Marine Francaise in the cutest box.  I had some copper washers…

...which I put through my rolling mill along with leaf skeletons for texture (the colour of the copper is due to annealing them with the torch before rolling).

…which I put through my rolling mill along with leaf skeletons for texture (the colour of the copper is due to annealing them with the torch before rolling).

I drilled holes for the rivets (the double holes on the top one were a mistake caused by rushing that I had to get over later)

I drilled holes for the rivets (the double holes on the top one were a mistake caused by rushing that I had to get over later)

copper riveting earrings

Washers ready to be riveted with handmade silver rivets – the film is trapped between the washers.

Riveting copper washers

Riveted ! The film was then cut around the edge using scalpel.

After messing up the top hole on one of the earrings I had the idea of riveting a bail to the top of the earrings to hide my mistake (always have a plan b ;-)

After messing up the top hole on one of the earrings I had the idea of riveting a bail to the top of the earrings to hide my mistake (always have a plan b 😉

The bail has a balled end ear wire threaded through it.

The bail has a balled end ear wire threaded through it.

step by step riveted earrings

The ear wires were then bent and hammered. My film was of ships but on their sides looked more like designs.

You could use negatives of past memories or colour slides – I’m itching to try this again with pieces of vintage tin boxes.  I don’t know how well the film will react to sunlight and you would of course have to be careful with them but aren’t they cute ?

Riveting is a brilliant technique to learn and can be used in lots of ways within jewellery – joining pieces together than maybe can’t be soldered, using them for decoration and texture, making bails for pendants or glass – Have a look at our riveting workshop and FaceBook page for more examples.

Fab Fused Glass & Press Formed Earrings – Day 18

Wonderful Week of Jewellery – Day 1
Yesterday was Fran & Sue’s first workshop day and we started with a morning of glass fusing – They took to it really well and produced some really nice pieces that we’ll be working on through the week.

dichroic glass fusing class workshop

Fab colours and a great use of standard & dichroic glass plus stringers, frit & copper foil.Glass fusing workshopRemember to re-visit and see what they make these pieces into.

Just before lunch we had time to experiment with my Big Kick machine and textured some copper sheet to be used later – here are just a couple of them.

texturing copper sheet with a Big Kick machineThis machine is a great way of texturing thin copper which can then be made into earrings, riveted onto thicker pieces or used for press forming – this led naturally onto a demonstration of press forming without a hydrolic press !  Here are the earrings I made using my textured sheets and a heart shaped die.  Press forming can be part of any of our jewellery making workshops.

Copper, Silver & Blue Amazonite Earrings - £18

Copper, Silver & Blue Amazonite Earrings – £18

Copper Heart Earrings2

Fran used the same technique today to make one of these hearts but turned it into a completely different pendant – visit tomorrow to see the photos.  Sue’s heart is a work in process so more news soon.

Almost completed – Fran’s bracelet bar and pendant and Sue’s pendant with silver bail – wonderful examples of wire & tube riveting.  These will be oxidized and made into jewellery during the week.

Riveting workshop

Do visit tomorrow to see what Fran & Sue made today (sneak preview – ETCHING !).  Tomorrow is their free day to enjoy the countryside and the fabulous weather we are having at the moment and to think about their designs for Tuesday.

A Sad (and Happy) Goodbye
Tonight we took the dormice back to the wild.  They had put on enough weight and the current weather made up my mind that now was a good time to let them go whilst they still had time to find a good place to hibernate.  I had become very fond of them all (who couldn’t be with their white bellies and fluffy tails)
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October Make & Show Challenge – This month I have set myself the challenge to make something and post about it everyday – follow my blog for automatic updates.  Some of the jewellery featured is available for sale here  – http://www.lavidalerie.com/BlogJewellery.html

Instant Earrings – Day 17

Yesterday I was so busy sorting out the workshop for Fran & Sue’s arrival that I just ran out of time to make something for my Make & Show Day 17 – So instant earrings  – they use my “Just Add A Bead” handmade silver earwires and a pair of Trudi of Glittering Prize’s beautiful lampwork beads and voila (as they say here – They also so say Oh La La – a lot ! Even the men !).

Changeable lampwork ear wires handmade silver for instant earrings

Just Add A Bead Ear Wires- £5 a pair with 4 bead caps – all handmade in silver

So Just Add A Bead ear wires, lampwork beads and 30 seconds later gorgeous earrings you can change whenever you like.

Here are some photos of the other ear wires in this range (many thanks to Trudi for the photos).

interchangeable ear wires instant earrings

Celadon Polkas with Smaller Curves

Handmade silver interchangeable ear wires

Question Marks Bubbles

artisan silver ear wires for lampwork beads

Long Straight with Glamour Rocks lampwork beads by Trudi at Glitteringprize

handmade ear wires for lampwork beads by la vidalerie

Larger Curves with Raisa Beads (Beads by Trudi)

Today was Fran & Sue’s first workshop day, we started off with cutting and layering dichroic & standard glass for fusing – they filled a kiln shelf and a sneak preview at the end of the day showed they will have lots of lovely glass to work on tomorrow, we spent the rest of the day experimenting with texturing copper in my BigKick machine and then making riveted pendants and a bracelet bar – join me tomorrow for photos of their work along with the fab heart earrings I made (well I like them 😉

October Make & Show Challenge – This month I have set myself the challenge to make something and post about it everyday – follow my blog for automatic updates.  Some of the jewellery featured is available for sale here  – http://www.lavidalerie.com/BlogJewellery.html