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Dead end rivets

I have been experimenting with a collapsible rivet to join two
objects together.

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I have been experimenting with a collapsible rivet to join two
objects together.

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Do you think these will give a better hold than a traditional wedged
blind tenon?

Elliot Nesterman

Hans, your experiment was just a delight to see! Thanks.

Judy Bjorkman

Brilliant! Thank you, Hans.

Hans, Thanks very much for sharing this little riveting trick. I knew
that “blind” rivets existed, but I never could figure out how to make
them. Also, belated thanks for all your contributions to this forum.
you are truly a metals god! All the best to you!!!

Hello Hans,

I found this to be so informative for a problem I have been trying
to solve for a few weeks now! The universe works in wonderful ways
thank you for your blog!


Hello Hans,

Ingeniously simple. Sort of like using a wedge in the split end of a
post to hold a pearl without glue. but neater!

Thanks for sharing. I really enjoy watching your brain attack a

:slight_smile: Judy in Kansas, where the snowfall was pretty thin. Still here
after two days, so you know it is COLD 

Thank you for sharing that. Easy to follow your explanation.

Hans, I am with Judy (though not in Kansas). I, too, enjoy reading
about your exploits in problem solving.

You’re the Sherlock Holmes of Jewelry Mysteries, truly! Thank you
for the splendid entertainment.


Hans-- I love this idea and feel sure I’ll use it at some point.
Thank you!

I wonder whether you tried wire without a notch at the bottom-- did
that not hold? [Most of the time I feel as though the vast majority
of questions should be answered by doing an experiment, oneself,
rather than asking, but you made that lovely little jig that allows
you to really SEE what is goin on…]


–Be a good craftsman; it won’t stop you being a genius.
(Pierre-Auguste Renoir)

I love that you made the set-up so we can see how it works inside.
Great job, thanks!

  • M’lou

I answered some questions I was asked by adding some more pictures
to my original post.

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Thank you. Your shared skills are phenomenal.

Hi Hans!

  1. I think to compare rivets with and without notches fairly, they
    should both be the same length (= same depth hole)…:-)… I
    don’t know whether it’s just the photo, but the unnotched one looks
    like it didn’t go all the way in, partially because of the waviness
    caused by non-ninety-degree hammer strokes (note top of rivet bent
    to left), and partially because it was too short. I would guess that
    if the rivet is the right length, the hole shallow enough, and the
    hammer blows true ninety degrees, an unnotched rivet would splay at
    the bottom.

  2. I also wondered about how one makes the cavity in the bottom, but
    I assumed that in an actual work, the piece would not be sliced
    vertically giving you easy access! I thought you did that only to
    see what happens. The question is how to do it in solid

Janet in Jerusalem