Riveting metal pieces together in jewelry making is a great alternative to soldering. Riveting is a cold connection method, meaning there is no heat applied. This is useful if using flammable or fragile materials in your design. A rivet looks much like a two-headed nail. The use of rivets
provides an easy and inexpensive way to create pieces that are multi-dimensional and also moveable if you so desire.
Mark where you want to place your rivets using a pen.
Create the holes with a hole punch in both pieces of metal. For 36 gauge copper metal sheets use a standard hole punch.
For thicker-gauge metal use the Metal Complex 1.5 and 2mm Hole Punch
Push the rivet through the two metal pieces you want to connect.
Turn your piece over and tap the end of the rivet with a hammer until it forms a nail head. The more you tap with the hammer the tighter fit you will achieve.
Your new metal embellishment is now ready to be part of a cool and unique jewelry idea!
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