There's not a day goes by that I'm not completely inspired by some of the work I see online~ but this woman's work had me googling and learning all about 'cold connections' yesterday. I did finally cave and order the above book..*sigh*
The term cold connections refers to any connection that you would make with metals without using a torch..thus the word 'cold'..:)
In the jewelry world the term cold connections usually describes mechanical joining techniques that are used to fasten together parts that cannot be soldered (i.e., using a "hot" connection). The leaders of the pack are probably rivets, followed by tabs, screws, and knots. It's worth noting that prongs and bezels also belong in the cold connection category.
In many cases, cold connections fall into a "layer-this-onto-that" approach. Drill matching holes in a piece of wood and a brass sheet, then clamp the two parts together with a rivet.
There is nothing wrong with that approach but it misses the real importance of mechanical connections. Cold connections are more than a roster of techniques - they can trigger new ways to think about design. By combining function, engineering, and aesthetics, cold connections lead us to fresh ideas. ~Ganoskin