Wednesday, February 3, 2010

What's your connection...

As jewelry makers we have the option when fabricating metal pieces into jewelry designs to use "hot" or "cold" connections.

Hot connections require a flame...they are fused, brazed or soldered joins...cold connections are then obviously done without using a flame...they are mechanical methods of joining using rivets, tabs, screws/nuts/bolts, hinges, jump rings, staples, etc.

One of the most common cold connections is a rivet...a wire or tube rivet primarily. Wire rivets are fairly easy to fabricate especially with the use of a really cool tool known as a Slot Anvil or Riveting Stake.

A balled headpin is inserted into the closest size stake hole for the wire gauge, place anvil on bench block and tap the balled head with a rivet hammer to form a flat rivet head.
The anvil can also be used to protect a balled head rivet from being flattened while tapping the opposite end of the rivet. Place a piece of leather over the anvil & appropriate hole and place the balled end of the rivet into the hole cradled by the piece of leather. The ball will retain its shape as you tap, tap, tap securing the rivet on the other end.
I have found several examples of SATeam designs using rivets.






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12 comments:

Cat said...

Interesting information - thanks!

BeadSire said...

Something new to learn, thank you!

galadryl said...

Thank you. I always wondered how it is done.

faeriiidust said...

Neat tool! Riveting is a great technique. Very informative post!

N Valentine Studio said...

I love riviting!!

DragonTrollQueen said...

The tool rocks...but the jewelry is even better! Thanks for the look-see! Off to find out more!

Marie Cristine said...

I have never seen that tool! What rock have I been under? lol Great post thank you!

thisnortherngirl said...

Oh, cool tool that is new to me! I want to try my hand at riveting, but I keep putting it off. Thanks for the info.

angie said...

Cool tool - never knew how riveting was done! Thanks a bunch!

Bonnie said...

What a timely post. I was just trying some riveting this week with dismal results. I will try again after reading this.

mcstoneworks said...

Well Angela, that tool is just too cool. Would you mind sharing where you found it.

Great post.

Leilani said...

Very interesting! Maybe I need one...hmmm.... :)