Basic Riveting

Basic Riveting

Basic Riveting

Step 1

Basic Riveting - step 1

Select your stamping blanks or sheet metal.

Step 2

Basic Riveting - step 2

Position the blanks in a design you like. With the Sharpie, mark where you want the rivet to be on the top blank.

Step 3

Basic Riveting - step 3

Use a polish cloth to avoid marring the metal. Place the polishing cloth under the metal. The cloth will cushion the punch while allowing you to clearly see the mark where the hole is intended. Position the punch over the mark and make the hole.

Step 4

Basic Riveting - step 4

Layout the blanks again and with a Sharpie, mark the placement for the hole in the bottom blank using the hole you just made in step 3.

Step 5

Basic Riveting - step 5

Use a polish cloth to avoid marring the metal. Place the polishing cloth under the metal. The cloth will cushion the punch while allowing you to clearly see the mark where the hole is intended. Position the punch over the mark and make the hole.

Step 6

Basic Riveting - step 6

To begin the rivet, flush cut one end of the wire.

Step 7

Basic Riveting - step 7

The wire must fit snugly into the holes you have punched into the blanks to form a good rivet. Place the wire into the holes of the stamping blanks.

Step 8

Basic Riveting - step 8

flush cut the other side of the wire.

Step 9

Basic Riveting - step 9

Stack all of the pieces to be rivetted on the bench block and insert the cut wire or rivet through both blanks.

Step 10

Basic Riveting - step 10

Using the chisel-shaped end of your rivetting hammer lightly tap across the rivet.

Step 11

Basic Riveting - step 11

Rotate your piece 90 degrees and continue lightly tapping across the rivet.

Step 12

Basic Riveting - step 12

Rotate your piece 90 degrees and continue lightly tapping across the rivet.

Step 13

Basic Riveting - step 13

Rotate your piece 90 degrees and continue lightly tapping across the rivet. Repeat steps 11-14 several times until you have a nice mushroom head formed.

Step 14

Basic Riveting - step 14

You can see that there is a nice mushroom head on one side of the rivet.

Step 15

Basic Riveting - step 15

You may find it helpful to tape down the blanks to keep them from sliding around when you are working on the other side of the rivet.

Step 16

Basic Riveting - step 16

Rotate the piece over and lay the pieces face down on the bench block. Using the chisel-shaped end of your rivetting hammer lightly tapping across the rivet.

Step 17

Basic Riveting - step 17

Rotate your piece 90 degrees and continue lightly tapping across the rivet. You will start to see a small head forming on the rivet.

Step 18

Basic Riveting - step 18

Rotate your piece 90 degrees and continue lightly tapping across the rivet.

Step 19

Basic Riveting - step 19

Rotate your piece 90 degrees and continue lightly tapping across the rivet. Repeat steps 17-20 several times until you have a nice mushroom head formed.

Step 20

Basic Riveting - step 20

You can see that a nice mushroom head has formed.

Step 21

Basic Riveting - step 21

Once your rivet has mushroomed out nicely, then use the flat side of the riveting hammer to make a few final strikes to the rivet. This will flatten out the rivet head and give it a nice smooth surface. Take care in hammering as you don’t want to mar the metal blanks with the edge of the hammer.

Step 22

Basic Riveting - step 22

You now have a nice rivet head on one side or your piece.

Step 23

Basic Riveting - step 23

Flip your piece over and using the flat side of the riveting hammer make a few final strikes to the rivet. This will flatten out the rivet head and give it a nice smooth surface. Take care in hammering as you don’t want to mark your work.

Step 24

Basic Riveting - step 24

You now have a nice rivet head on the back side of the piece.

Step 25

Basic Riveting - step 25

Congratulations! You have completed your riveted piece.

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