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Source for silver rivets


#1

Hi all,

Does anybody know a source for silver rivets? I am carving a
rocking horse (a real one, not jewellery), and to make it really
special, I’d like to replace the brass/nickel rivets on the
leatherwork with those made of (sterling) silver. Thought in USA
most probably there should be someone producing and selling
them.

Thank you very much in advance for any hints, Markus


#2

Hi all,

Does anybody know a source for silver rivets? I am carving a
rocking horse (a real one, not jewellery), and to make it really
special, I’d like to replace the brass/nickel rivets on the
leatherwork with those made of (sterling) silver. Thought in USA
most probably there should be someone producing and selling
them.

Thank you very much in advance for any hints, Markus


#3

I don’t know of anybody selling silver rivets, but they are the
easiest thing in the world to make. Just take some heavy silver
wire and cut it a bit longer than the length that you need. Hold
a metal block on one side and hammer the other into the rounded
rivet head, then repeat for the other side.

Look up GOLD, SILVER, PLATINUM DEALER in the yellow pages.
Anyone there should have no trouble supplying you with whatever
size silver wire you need. Figure about 25% to 35% over market
price for wire. Hope this helps!

Best Regards,
Bill Raby


#4

Just take some heavy silver wire and cut it a bit longer than the length that
you need. Hold a metal block on one side and hammer the other into the rounded
rivet head, then repeat for the other side.

Hi Bill,

Thanks for your suggestion. The problem is, the heads must be
very large not to slip through the holes punched in the leather,
so I’d have to ball the wire at one end or even to solder a head
to it, and this will take a lot of time, so I am looking around
for ready made ones. It’s just the old time - money thing.
Cheerio, Markus


#5

Markus,

Silver rivits would look great! But silver is soft. In my
experience, anything needing strenght [in white metal]would be
made of nickle silver. Which is basicly white brass. Brass is a
great metal Nothing wrong with yellow brass for rivits either, you
might want to reconsider by not using st. silver rivits.

Thank you for your ideas on the silver spun bracelet. This was
creative thinking.

Sincerly,Greg Alexander

Jewelry “Spoken Here” A working goldsmith studio
E-mail address 5266@polygon.net
@oryalex


#6

Punch a hole in the center of some discs (or whatever shape) and
rivet the dis cs with the leather sandwiched between them. You
can make them way cooler than you could ever buy. How many are
you talking about?

Have you tried running a search on saddlers? I only went that
far and found this site that seemed promising.
http://www.new.peak.org/~iilg/ I didn’t look any further than
that though.

Good Luck:)

Dick Caverly
rcaverly@aol.com


#7

I’m guessing. Guys who make silver saddles for real horses?
I’d start by calling the local riding club. Of course, here in
Pasadena, I’d call the Tournament of Roses, since so many of
their equiestrian units use silver saddles.

I would guess just the rivet-head cover would be silver, since
the spike of the rivet in silver would be too soft to do the job.