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Using Cold Connection in Jewelry: How to Rivet

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. | Blog: How to Rivet - Leather Bracelet Rivet
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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.


Tools Needed for Leather Riveting:
Steel Hammer, Bench Block, Leather Hole Punch Pliers, and TierraCast® Rivet Setter.

Leather Riveting (Part Two) | Blog: How to Rivet - Watch Rivet
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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.

Metal Riveting | Blog: How to Rivet - Earring Rivet
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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. | Blog: How to Rivet - EZ-Rivet Tool Hole Pierce

The other side flares the rivet outwards. | Blog: How to Rivet - EZ-Rivet Tool Rivet Setter

Here, we will show you how to rivet two metal pieces together and create these fun earrings.

Tools Needed for Metal Hollow/Eyelet/Nail Riveting:
Riveting Hammer/Steel Hammer, Bench Block, and EZ-Rivet tool.

Eyelet Rivets

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. | Blog: How to Rivet - Eyelet Rivet

Left: Regular Hollow Rivet. Right: Eyelet Rivet

Nail Rivets

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. | Blog: How to Rivet - Angel Rivet Charm Necklace
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Leather Bracelet

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


Gear Earrings

  • (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



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