DIY wire rivets are classic, traditional rivets handmade with wire and a hammer. This "old-school" style of riveting is a wonderful skill to develop, but it's time-consuming (and loud) to do properly. The rivets themselves are simply large gauge wire - typically 16-gauge, 14-gauge, or 12-gauge solid wire. The wire is then carefully and skillfully hammered until it mushrooms out into a sturdy finished cold connection. Similarly, traditional eyelets are made by hammering a short length of hollow tubing on both sides till it's secure. Here you'll find hammers, wire cutters, and other old-school riveting tools that we recommend for making traditional wire rivets. See related categories below for other essential tools used to make traditional rivets and eyelets.