Dana wrote: I want to make rivets with gold to hold together pieces
made of sterling silver.
Always an interesting look. I do it often.
" I was planning to use 14k gold so it would be hard enough." Good
idea, although, if you were planning to hold the pieces snugly, you
could use higher karat gold, too.
" Are they a bad idea for sterling silver jewelry, " Nothing "bad"
about it. The look is what I go for, that nice juxtaposition of the
" want the rivet to have enough space to allow for movement between
the two pieces? "
Sounds like a good idea to me. In this case, use the 14k gold,
because it does have to support the kinetics. To make this happen,
sandwich a piece of paper, at the rivet hole, between each of the
metal sheets to be riveted. Push the rivet through the hole in the
metal, paper metal sandwich, and upset the ends of the rivet. Soak
the piece in warm water, allowing the paper to disintegrate, leaving
a small gap between the riveted metal sheets. The amount of movement
you’re hoping to achieve, the thickness of the paper, and the gauge
of the wire rivet are the variables to consider.
Hope this is helpful,