Basic Riveting

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Riveting is a basic cold connection technique that enables you to connect metal to metal without adhesives or heat.
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Tip 114 gauge wire fits snugly into the hole made by the 1.8mm Metal Hole Punch Pliers. 18 gauge wire fits snugly into the hole made by the 1.25mm Metal Hole Punch Pliers
Tip 2This technique really requires a light touch. If you hammer too hard you will bend your rivet instead of it forming a mushroom head.
Tip 3Read through our Riveting FAQ before you begin.
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Step 1

Select your stamping blanks or sheet metal.

Step 2

Position the blanks in a design you like. With the Sharpie, mark where you want the rivet to be on the top blank.

Step 3

Use a Pro Polish Pad to avoid marring the metal. Place the polishing pad under the metal. The pad will cushion the punch while allowing you to clearly see the mark where the hole is intended. Position the lower jaw of the pliers (the side with the hole) over the mark and make the punch.

Step 4

Layout the blanks again and with a Sharpie, mark the placement for the hole in the botttom blank using the hole you just made in step 3.

Step 5

Use a Pro Polish Pad to avoid marring the metal. Place the polishing pad under the metal. The pad will cushion the punch while allowing you to clearly see the mark where the hole is intended. Position the lower jaw of the pliers (the side with the hole) over the mark and make the punch.

Step 6

To begin the rivet, flush cut one end of the wire.

Step 7

The wire must fit snugly into the holes you have punched into the blanks to form a good rivet. Place the wire into the holes of the stamping blanks, you want about 1/8"-1/16" overhang on each side of the hole.

Step 8

With about a 1/8"-1/16" overhang on both sides flush cut the other side of the wire.

Step 9

Stack all of the pieces to be riveted on the bench block and insert the cut wire or rivet through both blanks.

Step 10

Using the chisel-shaped end of your riveting hammer lightly tap across the rivet.

Step 11

Turn your piece 90 degrees and continue lightly tapping across the rivet. You will start to see a small head forming on the rivet.

Step 12

Turn your piece 90 degrees and continue lightly tapping across the rivet.

Step 13

Turn your piece 90 degrees and continue lightly tapping across the rivet. Repeat steps 11-14 several times until you have a nice mushroom head formed.

Step 14

You can see that there is a nice mushroom head on one side of the rivet.

Step 15

You may find it helpful to tape down the blanks to keep them from sliding around when you are working on the other side of the rivet.

Step 16

Turn the piece over and lay the pieces face down on the bench block. Using the chisel-shaped end of your riveting hammer lightly tapping across the rivet.

Step 17

Turn your piece 90 degrees and continue lightly tapping across the rivet. You will start to see a small head forming on the rivet.

Step 18

Turn your piece 90 degrees and continue lightly tapping across the rivet.

Step 19

Turn your piece 90 degrees and continue lightly tapping across the rivet. Repeat steps 17-20 several times until you have a nice mushroom head formed.

Step 20

You can see that a nice mushroom head has formed.

Step 21

Once your rivet has mushroomed out nicely, then use the flat side of the riveting hammer to make a few final strikes to the rivet. This will flatten out the rivet head and give it a nice smooth surface. Take care in hammering as you don't want to mar the metal blanks with the edge of the hammer.

Step 22

You now have a nice rivet head on one side or your piece.

Step 23

Flip your piece over and using the flat side of the riveting hammer make a few final strikes to the rivet. This will flatten out the rivet head and give it a nice smooth surface. Take care in hammering as you don't want to mark your work.

Step 24

You now have a nice rivet head on the back side of the piece.

Step 25

Congratulations! You have completed your riveted piece.

         

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