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Compass Pendant

(registration instructions below)

Learn to use tube spacer rivets to capture a cabochon!  We will work with custom cut and drilled blanks to achieve this great compass pendant.  The engraving in the center is magnified by the clear glass cabochon that is floating between the layers.  I will show you how to create the rivet heads outside of your project (since you won’t want to risk hitting the glass with your hammer), and we will discuss the logic behind the order of approach.  My tips and tricks will help you to prevent “leaning” rivets, and you will also learn to create the matching bail.

Discipline:  Riveting

The use of a metal pin or tube to fasten pieces of metal together.

Level:  Advanced (***)

This project is considered advanced because the rivets are being used to capture the glass cabochon while tube spacers are maintaining space between the layers.  This is not considered an appropriate project if you have no experience riveting.


Desert Jewel Studio, 26839 N 44th St, Cave Creek, AZ 85331. You will receive directions upon registering for class.


This class is not on the schedule at this time.  If you are interested in taking it, e-mail jen@jewelryclasseswithjen.com with your interest and availability.

How do I sign up?

Class will be $50/person. E-mail jen@jewelryclasseswithjen.com or call Jen at (480)635-2402 to register any time from noon to 10pm.

What will I need to bring to class?

Project Materials:

Kit (available for sale in class for $105)

Tools:  (inquire about renting tools if you are not equipped)

  • Jewelry grade file(s) – (#4 cut Swiss half-round file recommended for this project)
  • Flush cutter (large preferred)
  • Sharpie markers (ultra fine point)
  • Ruler
  • Dividers (optional)
  • Ring clamp (optional)
  • Bead reamer (optional)
  • Ball pein hammer or other with a nice small round head
  • Steel Block/ silencing pad
  • Bail Pliers (Beadsmith # PL42 or equivalent)
  • Chain-nose jewelry pliers
  • Flat-nose jewelry pliers
  • Sanding sponges/ Polishing pad (also available for sale in class)
  • Magnifying glasses – most people don’t think they need them until they are faced with seeing the detail of jewelry close-up.
  • Covered water or other refreshing beverage
  • Snacks are always welcome as well. 🙂

The following will be provided for your use in class, but if you have them – bring them so you won’t have to wait to use them:

  • Sheet magnet
  • Pin vise fitted with a 2.5mm ball bur and a 2.3mm cup bur
  • Bur life or other lubricant
  • Spring-loaded center punch
  • Dimpled block from a dapping set

The majority of the above items are available locally at C&D SilverSJ Jewelry SupplyLonnie’s Jewelry Supply or other on-line jewelry supply sources. If you have any difficulty or questions about obtaining any of these items, please contact Jen to inquire about your options.