Making connections..

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

I'm used to the torch so I'm not adverse to soldering but its the whole industrial look of rivets and large gauge wire that is attractive to me right now.

Have a gander at these by the talented Susan Lenart Kazmar ..gorgeous.

Connie Fox ~ also famous for beautiful jewelry using cold connections

Enjoy your day all! ♥ Off to perfect my sawing skills...


Hot Rocks said...

I have seen this book on Amazon, and was very tempted to buy it.... but haven't yet. I would love to know what your thoughts are on it when you receive it!

Anonymous said...

very interesting

Sweetwater Designs said...

I will Susan and amazon.ca was the lowest price that I could find ~just for your future reference..

Periwinkle Studio said...

I took a class from her and it was wonderful! She is incredible, talented, and caring! I would take another from her any day!

I wrote about how much I enjoyed her on my blog...that's how much I loved her! :)

Sweetwater Designs said...

oh..lucky you periwinkle!

Duni said...

These are amazing! Thank you for showcasing them!

Dogmaw said...

Wow, too cool! Especially the last one. yum yum.