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Cold Connections Galore!

July 28, 2024 - August 2, 2024

Nisa Blackmon  · nisablackmon.com

Workshop at a glance

Cold Connections Galore! Connect Non-Traditional Materials for Contemporary Jewelry


  • Rivets (Mushroom, Split, Tube)
  • Tab Settings
  • Micro Hardware
  • Coloration Techniques


  • Found Objects and Non-Traditional Materials
  • Metal Sheet (Copper, Sterling Silver, Aluminum, Tin)
  • Wire (Copper, Brass, Sterling Silver)
  • Tubing (Copper, Sterling Silver, Brass)


  • Integrate found objects and non-traditional materials into jewelry
  • Various cold connections
  • Metalsmithing techniques – sawing, filing, texturing, and coloration
  • Experimentation encouraged

Artist Bio

Nisa Blackmon is a full-time studio artist with an MFA from the University of Illinois, a Master’s of Science from Oklahoma State University and 30 years of metalsmithing and enameling experience.  Nisa is a staunch fan of all kinds of cold-connections.  She has been utilizing tab-construction in particular in her work since 2006 and believes that tabs could hold up the world.  Her work can be found in numerous publications, including “500 Enameled Objects”, “500 Necklaces,” ”21st Century Jewelry: Best of the 500 Series,” “Wrap, Fold, Stitch, Rivet” and “Narrative Jewelry: Tales from the Toolbox.”  She has taught jewelry and enameling workshops for Pocosin Arts School of Fine Craft, The Enamelist Society, Enamels Guild Northeast, and other regional, collegiate and national venues. Nisa runs her own business, Wishbone Studio, focusing on contemporary narrative,studio jewelry and small sculpture.

Workshop Description

No torch? No problem, cold connected! In this workshop students will experiment and learn how to incorporate non-traditional materials and found objects to create rich and engaging jewelry pieces using cold connection techniques. Rivets, staples, tab settings, micro hardware, and more cold connections are fascinating, and the range of possibilities are endless. Participants will have the opportunity to create one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces. Beginners are welcome.


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In order to complete your registration, a $300 deposit is required.

Call 865-436-5860 with questions about registering for this workshop.

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