Cold Connections Techniques

Jewelry & Fine Metals

Cold Connections Techniques

Learn methods for connecting materials, primarily without heat, for your creations.


Tuition Assistance and Other Policies

Meeting Times
  1. Thur, 9/28/2023 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Thur, 9/28/2023


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Class, No Prerequisite

Jewelry & Fine Metals Studio

Jewelry Making


As a maker or jewelry artist, it’s often difficult to know how to approach the union of dissimilar materials. In this technique-focused class, you’ll learn methods for perforating and connecting materials primarily without heat.

The instructor has more than 20 years’ experience creating finished jewelry objects, the base of which are frequently made with found or repurposed materials sensitive to heat. Learn the instructor’s personal techniques in order to demystify this topic while gaining insight on processes and procedures. Understand how to create solid, lasting unions with wire and tube rivets, attaching materials without risk of fracture or breakage.

A unique, versatile material that can be seen in the instructor’s work is coconut shell. You will have the opportunity to explore and work with this material in addition to sheet metal. Enjoy the richness of being able to incorporate organic or heat-sensitive materials into your work through the use of rivets. Discussion will be offered about what you should consider for good application, mounting or connecting of dissimilar materials. You’re encouraged to ask questions throughout the class. 


  • A $35 materials fee, included in the cost of the class, covers all the materials you'll need.
  • Registration closes Sept. 23. 



Students should bring an apron and a towel.


Class Policies

Ages 14 and up are welcome.

BARN Policies

  • View BARN's Cancellation and Refund Policy.
  • Tuition Assistance is available. Fill out the application before registering.
  • BARN is committed to accessibility. We try to make accommodations when requested; the earlier you contact us, the more likely we can help. Please email to find out more or request an accommodation.
  • Sensory Statement: Makerspaces like BARN can be noisy and cluttered, smell strongly, and have bright or flickering lights.

Instructors or Guides

Jesse Bert

Jesse holds a bachelor's degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology and a master's in fine arts in jewelry and metalsmithing from East Carolina University. He spent three years as a tool and die maker's apprentice before university gave him a strong interest and appreciation for creating fine handmade tools. He spent 14 years teaching and making jewelry in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, before moving to Seattle in 2020. Prestigious venues where his work has been shown include the Franz Mayer Museum in Mexico City, and the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City. In 2014, he was a fellow at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts residency program in Maine, and in 2019, he participated in a two-month residency with a world-renowned instrument builder near Frankfurt, Germany.

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