Greetings All! Does anyone know anything about making rivets (to
assemble things (art, jewelry, etc). Especially using tubing
Riveting is an easy way to attach things, and tube rivets are
especially gentle. You can rivet together pretty much anything that
can be drilled. Nearly any tubing will work. The main rule is that
the rivet must fit very snug in the hole-- a loose hole will cause a
lot of problems.
Leave about half the diameter of the rivet sticking out on each
side. Flare the tubing-- start by inserting something tapered, such
as a center punch, and moving it in an increasing circle. Flip the
work beck and forth, keeping the two sides even. You can also insert
a small dapping punch and tap the rivet open. Finish by tapping each
side flat with light blows of a small hammer or a punch. Voila!
If you leave the rivet too long, it may split as you flatten it. It
also helps to use dead soft tubing, or to anneal it before you begin.
One other rule that will save a lot of trouble: You can drill
multiple rivet holes ahead of time, but only in the top piece!!!
Drill one hole first in the other part and set the rivet, then drill
the second hole and set that rivet. After that, if you are going to
have additional rivets, you can drill them all, as the work can no
longer shift. Believe me, I learned this the hard way!