Jewelry & Fashion | 25 January 2016Jewelry Making: Making A Wire Rivet Share article facebook twitter google pinterest There are many different aspects to consider when making jewelry. One thing to think about is how to attach different mediums together. The Jewelry Maker’s Design Book: An Alchemy of Objects shows us how to do this by creating a rivet. TOOLS center punch jewelry hammer ?bench block pliers ?1?16″ (2 mm) titanium drill bit ? flex-shaft or Dremel tool ?flush cutters bench vise MATERIALS metal or object to be riveted 14-gauge wire 1. Drill a hole. For the rivet, flush-cut about 4″ (10 cm) of 14-gauge wire, and place it in the vise so that about 1?8″ (3 mm) sticks up from the vise surface. If metals or objects are to be layered, drill a hole in the top layer first, and use the hole to mark the hole for the second layer before drilling. Continue in the same manner for additional layers (see A). 2. Using the ball end of a jewelry hammer, gently hammer the top of the wire while pushing the wire up- ward with steady pressure beneath the vise (see B). Hammer slightly around the edges of the surface of the wire end. 3. Continue hammering gently until the wire surface mushrooms into a rounded rivet head (see C). 4. Insert the wire into the piece(s) to be riveted; the rounded head will act as a stopper. Flip the piece over and flush cut the wire to about 1?16″ (2 mm) (see D). 5. Repeat steps 2 and 3 (see E). Buy from an Online Retailer US: Make your very own bohemian, rustic, one-of-a-kind, jewelry that integrates found objects or repurposes beautiful charms and elements from your jewelry box. In The Jewelry Maker’s Design Book: An Alchemy of Objects, you will not only learn solid techniques for making several beautiful projects, but also how to plan and conceive your designs using unique objects in mixed media jewelry pieces. This book includes an overview of the tools and materials you’ll need to get started, as well as a reference section that outlines important techniques. Projects within this book use metals, wire, beads, stones and found objects to create unique jewelry that will have everyone talking. Informative sidebars share tips and design notes that discuss the design elements in the piece; colors, shapes, textures, and what works in the piece and why. Find your inspiration, while developing amazing design skills with The Jewelry Maker’s Design Book: An Alchemy of Objects! Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.