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How to Use Rivets - As Seen on Blog for Beaders
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.