Hot for cold connections

April 1, 2010

Love the look of mixed metals? Have found objects taken you ‘beyond findings’…but your soldering’s not up to snuff? Cold connections are the common cure!

Also called cold fusion, cold connections are what they sound like: ways of putting metal jewelry together without dangerously glowing or flaming implements. Some tips on how to achieve this…

Tip 1: game spinners

Tip 1: game spinners

Game spinner findings from Tim Holtz Idea-Ology are a super fun way to hold metal pieces together. They make jewelry you can play with!

Tip 2: the hardware store is your friend

Tip 2: the hardware store is your friend

Did you know that by getting into cold connections, you can help support local businesses? It’s true. The guys at your local hardware store needed to learn more about jewelrymaking anyhow, and they’ve got the teeny tiny hinges & things to hold your metal stamping blanks together!

Tip 3: there's a really good book for that

Tip 3: there's a really good book for that

There’s at least one awesome book about cold connections, and it’s so gorgeous that it’s sold as a coffee-table book too. Relax with Susan Lenart Kazmer’s book Making Connections: A Handbook of Cold Joins for Jewelers and Mixed-Media Artists“. Susan’s all about using regular hand tools to join metal parts, found objects and even fabric into jewelry pieces that people won’t be able to keep their eyes, or hands, off of. (Just look at that cover!)

I know quite a few of you who have done some cold-connecting…care to share your work? Rings & Things lets you upload fan photos on our Facebook Bead Fans page!

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  • Reply Dave Robertson April 2, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    Nice! Melanie (our FB ‘blog partner’) posted a bunch of her cold-connections designs at our Facebook fan photos. See the R&T Bead Fans page to soak up the amazingness…

    Also — here’s a brand-new R&T cast sterling floral button that will go perfectly with these kinds of designs…


  • Reply Dave Robertson April 2, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    PS, “Flowery Amethyst” earrings use layered metals…

    And “Unity” bracelet rivets 2 metal stamping blanks together…

    And, the “North Star” necklace shifts gears into mixed metals etc….

    (I shared these on Twitter, thought I should put ’em here too)


  • Reply Lori Anderson April 5, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    Those earrings are truly cool!

  • Reply Dave Robertson April 6, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    Thanks, Lori, let us know if you make some steampunk designs too!

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