Basic Riveting with Anvil

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Learn to use a hexagonal anvil to make sophisticated cold connections with rivets.
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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

You now have holes in both of the blanks.

Step 7

To begin making your rivet place the hexagonal anvil on the bench block. You will use the anvil to make one end of the rivet.

Step 8

Flush cut one end of the wire.

Step 9

Insert the wire into a hole that it fits snugly into on the hexagonal anvil. Flush cut the other end of the wire leaving about 1/8"-1/16" above the anvil.

Step 10

The wire that is sticking up above the anvil is what will become your rivet head.

Step 11

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

Step 12

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

Step 13

Turn the anvil 90 degrees and continue lightly tapping across the rivet. Repeat steps 11-13 several times until you have a nice mushroom head formed.

Step 14

Once your rivet has mushroomed out nicely, 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.

Step 15

Pull out the wire rivet from the anvil. If the rivet is difficult to pull out, use another piece of wire to push it out from the bottom.

Step 16

Insert your cut wire or rivet into both of the pieces to be riveted together. Flush cut the wire or rivet leaving about 1/8"-1/16".

Step 17

Stack all of the pieces to be riveted on the bench block. Use the chisel-shaped end of your riveting hammer to lightly tap across the rivet.

Step 18

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 19

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

Step 20

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 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

Congratulations! You have completed your riveted piece.

   

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