Cold connection is a unique metal technique that connects metal components without the use of heat. While you can connect metal pieces by glue or other adhesive, we will demonstrate some basic steps on how to use rivets.
You will find many cold connection and riveting techniques in steampunk jewelry and metalworking. Once you have the basic tools and components for metal working and rivets, you will find how easy this versatile skill can be used for jewelry making.
Leather Riveting (Part One)
For this project, we are using TierraCast® Rivets to show how to rivet on leather. When riveting on leather, use a two-part compression rivet, which will have a bottom and cap piece. Two-part compression rivets are best for leather, as they will create a tighter hold if you are adding embellishments with the rivets.
Leather Riveting (Part Two)
Make leather loop for jump rings, clasps, or joining components together. Create this wrap-around leather watch by using these two part compression rivets. Cut two 12” 5mm flat leather. Make leather loops on all four ends. Attach your clasps and watch face for a fun wrap-around leather watch.
For riveting metals, you are combining and layering metal pieces using hollow or eyelet rivets. These rivets look like the cap piece to the two part compression rivets.
Instead of hammering the rivet, you will use these hollow rivets and flare the hollow piece outwards to hold metal components together. For this rivet project, we will be using the EZ –Rivet Piercing and Setting Tool from BeadSmith®. This singular tool has two parts.
One side that pierces a hole into the metal.
The other side flares the rivet outwards.
Here, we will show you how to rivet two metal pieces together and create these fun earrings.
Eyelet rivets are riveted using the same EZ-Rivet tool as above. You will get a different look as the eyelet rivets will create a hole look to your metalworking projects. You can also use these eyelets on leather! We recommend using a larger diameter eyelet for leather.
Left: Regular Hollow Rivet. Right: Eyelet Rivet
Nail Rivets look like nails. They are finished off by hammering and flattening the back of the rivet.
With the different techniques of riveting, you combine it all to layer and transform simple shapes to make this cute silver and gold angel charm necklace.
- (1) TC02030 – Breathe Link
- (1) Z003952 – Brass Magnetic Clasp
- (7) CH00259 – 10mm Burnt Orange Flat Leather
- (1) TC01450 – 4mm Brass Rivet
- A015821 – Super New Glue
Wrap-Around Leather Watch
- (1) Z001647 – Gold Watch Face
- (4) TC01450 – 4mm Brass Rivet
- (1) A019947 – Antique Brass Magnetic Clasp
- (2) Z011513 – 5mm Brass Jump Ring
- (24) CH00043 – 5mm Tan/Black Flat Leather
- (1) FTEA0003 – French Wire Earrings
- (1) CH00532 – 2.5mm Gold Plated Chain
- (2) A018598 – 7/8 Inch Circle Stamping Blank
- (2) A015817 – 3/4 Inch Gear Brass Stamping Blank
- (16) A008801 – 5mm Oval Gold Plated Jump Ring
- (2) A018111 – 3/32 Inch Hollow Brass Rivet
Angel Charm Gear Necklace
- (1) A018599 – 1 Inch Circle Stamping Blank
- (1) A018604 – 7/8 Inch Guitar Pick Stamping Blank
- (1) A015817 – 3/4 Inch Gear Brass Stamping Blank
- (1) A018579 – Angel Wings Brass Stamping Blank
- (1) A019494 – Star Brass Rivet
- (4) A018111 – 3/32 Inch Hollow Brass Rivet
- (2) CH00719 – 5mm Gold Plated Figaro Chain
- (1) A002413 – 4mm Silver Plated Jump Ring