Workshop Introduction to Riveting

RIVETING / COLD CONNECTIONS - intensive class of 1 day / 8 hours

With Judy McCaig 


Rivets of different types are used to unite two or more pieces, be them of the same material or not, especially useful when pieces cannot be soldered or reheated.

Although it is one of the oldest methods that exists of joining pieces together, today its importance as a cold connection technique is ever greater. Rivets enable the connections of recycled, found objects and natural elements.

Riveting is a simple mechanical, strong way of joining together layers, volumes, fragments and fragile elements; stones, ceramic, glass.

It consists of a wire or tube with a head, or in some cases without. The head has a diameter larger than the rest of the rivet. The wire, similar to a nail is riveted for the opposite side, forming a head which joins the two flat pieces together.


This short course introduces the basics of riveting. Learning and practising the various types of rivets heads and their uses.

Design and composition, construction and finish of pieces.



Rivets, various heads

Rivets for movable pieces

Invisible rivets

Decorative rivets

Tube rivets

Rivets for fragile elements



- basic toolkit (details will be sent)

- saw frame and saw blades

- drill bits - useful sizes: 0,8mm, 1mm, 2mm

- metal sheet and wire : silver, copper, brass… IMPORTANT: wire and drill bits of the same size

- silver solder

- tube : brass or silver (interior 1mm / exterior: 2mm, approx.)

- various materials that cannot be joined by soldering. e.g. textile, wood, glass, ceramic, resins, paper (fotos/drawings/plants laminated), plastics, perspex, polymer clay, found objects, etc...

- we advise also: apron, notebook and pen/pencil



1. Realisation of a pin or pendant using the five basic rivets.

2. Movable rivets

3. Depending on time.



Sunday, May 12th, 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 7pm (1h for lunch break).

Total of 8 hours.






It’s required basic knowledge of jewelry techniques.



Minimum of 3, maximum of 8.



The Workshop can be in English and/or Spanish.



Tincal lab

Centro Comercial Bombarda

Rua Miguel Bombarda, 285 - loja 25




For application and more information write to



Judy McCaig is a Scottish jeweller, printmaker and painter. She studied at DJCAD in Dundee, Scotland, before realising her three-year Master's degree at The Royal College of Art in London. Practising printmaking for several years after leaving college, then established her workshop in London in 1987.

Since 1991 she has lived and worked in Barcelona. Since 2001 she has taught at the Massana School and since 2009 at the Taller Perill. She has been a visiting lecturer in schools and workshops in several countries and her work has been shown extensively at galleries and museums worldwide.

Her work often features abstract landscapes which draw on observations from her extensive travels and studies of ancient and modern cultures.

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