I am trying to make some White gold pins to use with pearls and I
wanted to know what you use to make the flat head? I am using some
gold wire (26 gauge) and melting a ball at the end. I haven't been
able to find a riveting stake block that was this small a wire
size. What do you use? And where can I get it?
Try a steel (not carbide) drawplate. While there’s sometimes a bit
of a taper to the hole on the “exit” side of the plate, it’s often
not that much, and the fit will be usually close enough to work fine.
At least, it’s done so for me when I needed to do that. The drawplate
gives you a finely graduated choice of holes to use, so you can get a
well fitted hole for your stake. Do be gentle doing this, and support
the back side of the plate, such as over the partially opened jaws of
a vise. Really whacking the plate with a big hammer, and not
supporting the plate, could concievably crack some of the plates if
they’re hardened, as most of them are. But small flat head pins such
as you’re making don’t need that big a hammer to make.