Many jewelry designers don't really want to do any soldering.  Not everyone likes hot connections.  However, you can still attach things together with cold techniques.  One cool way is to use wire as in lashing through punched holes in metal.

Check out this past Beading Daily blog post  where the editor tried out this easy method  to join some copper patina plates with ultrasuede for a bracelet design. 

She was inspired by the book, Rustic Wrappings: Exploring Patina in Wire, Metal, and Glass Jewelry by Kerry Bogert.

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