Set Eyelets Using the 1/16 inch Riveting and Piercing System

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The eyelet flaring set allows you to set 1/16"" diameter eyelets. This flaring set is easily installed in the riveting tool base using the hex key wrench provided with our riveting system, adding to the flexibility of the tool. You also utilize the same 1/16"" piercing punch provided with the riveting system to create the hole to accommodate the 1/16"" diameter eyelets.
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Tip 1The Riveting System can be operated with your hands but, we suggest securing the tool in a vise. This allows for easier use when holding your work piece and operating the tool handles.
Tip 2Tip: Read through our 1/16 inch Riveting and Piercing System FAQ before you begin.
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Step 1

You will need the 1/16 inch Riveting and Piercing System, 1/16" Eyelet Flaring Set, Eyelets, 3/32" Hex Key Wrench and the stamping blanks.

Step 2

To start you will need to replace the rivet flaring tool with eyelet flaring tool. Unscrew the T-handle for the rivet flaring punch.

Step 3

Use the Hex Key to remove the screw that holds the flaring base in the tool.

Step 4

Remove the flaring base from the tool.

Step 5

Insert the eyelet flaring base from the 1/16" Eyelet Flaring Set and use the Hex key to secure it.

Step 6

Screw in the T-handle for the Eyelet Flaring punch.

Piercing Side Detail

Eyelet Flaring Side Detail

Step 7

Begin by piercing a hole in each of the blanks. Position the blanks in a design you like.

Step 8

With a Sharpie, mark where you want the eyelet to be on the top blank.

Step 9

Use the Piercing side of the tool. Place a Pro Polish Pad under the blank to avoid marring it. Position the blank so that the mark from the Sharpie is aligned with the tip of the piercing pin.

Step 10

Slowly rotate the T-handle clockwise until the blank is pinched between the tip of the piercing pin and the piercing pin base. Then continue turning the T-handle until the shoulder of the handle comes in contact with the top of the tool holder. Once the blank has been pierced, turn the T-handle counterclockwise until the blank is released from the piercing pin.

Step 11

You now have a hole in the top blank.

Step 12

Use the top blank from step 11 as a guide. 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 the top blank.

Step 13

Use the Piercing side of the tool. Place a Pro Polish Pad under the blank to avoid marring it. Position the blank so that the mark from the Sharpie is aligned with the tip of the piercing pin.

Step 14

Slowly rotate the T-handle clockwise until the blank is pinched between the tip of the piercing pin and the piercing pin base. Then continue turning the T-handle until the shoulder of the handle comes in contact with the top of the tool holder. Once the blank has been pierced, turn the T-handle counterclockwise until the blank is released from the piercing pin.

Step 15

You now have holes in both of the blanks.

Step 16

To connect the blanks together begin by selecting the proper length of eyelet for your application. A good rule of thumb is to allow half of the length of the eyelet to protrude beyond the finshed piece. For example, 1/16” length eyelet, allow 1/32” to protrude.

Step 17

Use the Flaring Side of the tool Place the head of the eyelet onto the eyelet flaring base. Turn the T-handle of the eyelet flaring punch so the nose of the eyelet flaring punch lines up with the opening in the eyelet.

Step 18

Once aligned and captured between the eyelet flaring punch and the eyelet flaring base. Continue turning the T-handle for the eyelet flaring punch clockwise until the eyelet flaring punch nose shoulder just makes contact with your blanks. Turn the T-handle of the eyelet flaring punch counterclockwise to release the eyelet from the tool.

Step 19

Congratulations! You have completed your eyelet piece.

Step 20

Here is how the eyelet will look on the backside of your piece.

   

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