I am trying to figure out the steps to secure a 15.57 mm round
obsidian bead to a wide, hammered brass ring band using a rivet. I
have found a B&S 14 gauge dead soft sterling round wire is the
correct size to snugly fit in the bead’s hole. Having read
practically everything I can find on rivets, I find myself turning
to the Orchid community for some advice here. I envision the
following sequence to secure the bead and would appreciate some
advice on this:
Cut the correct length of wire slightly longer than the bead’s
diameter. Sand and shape to the correct form one end of the rivet
wire to fit on the brass band. Solder the shaped end of the rivet
wire to the brass band. Insert the bead on the soldered rivet wire.
Mark the wire to the length needed to form a rivet on top of the
bead. Remove the bead from the rivet wire and sand and finish the
remaining end of the wire to be riveted. Replace the bead and form
My questions are, should I use a rivet hammer or another tool to
form the rivet’s head? In the new book on stone setting by John
Cogswell, there are many pictures of rings that show stones riveted
to bands, but no instructions on how to accomplish this type of
setting, or connection. Also, in the other books I’ve checked
riveting always involves upsetting the rivet wire on two sides, not
just one, and usually involves only flat pieces which can be flipped
and riveted from both sides.
Some of my concerns are:
How to form and attach the rivet without making an unsightly mess on
the inside of the band. Forming the top rivet so the bead is securely
attached. Not breaking the bead in the process.
Any experience or insight you can pass along would be greatly
welcome. I have searched and searched the Orchid’s archive and read
and collected as much as I found on riveting, but nothing really
addresses precisely what I want to do.
Au revoir! Hobbs