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Archive for 'Setting Rivets'

Archive for 'Setting Rivets'

How To Set Eyelets in Leather

Eyelets in leather jewelry can be both decorative and functional. Whether you want to add an industrial punk look to a leather bracelet, explore a new way to finish a choker, or find new alternatives to add embellishments, eyelets offer a clean and finished look to jewelry! With Rings & Things new EXCLUSIVE Leather Embellishing Kit, some leather and a...


Best Riveting Tool Set

With 100s of rivets, eyelets, and related tools to pick from, the #2 riveting question I get is: What are the best tools to easily set both rivets and eyelets? The answer depends on whether you want to rivet mostly leather, or mostly metal. For leather, see my Riveting with TierraCast Leather Findings tutorial. For metal and mixed media, the best...


Create a Hinged Metal Memory Journal

Use a hinge to turn shrine-shaped metal blanks into a journal! Decide on the layout, location of the hinge and other decorative elements. Using a checkered hammer, apply texture to the top and bottom panels of the journal. Patina, file rough edges and clean. Cut the hinges, which can be as wide or as narrow as you choose. For 3/32...


Create a Healing Shrine

Making handmade jewelry for someone is a unique and inspiring way to show you care.  This “Healing Shrine” was created for a friend suffering from cancer.  It was inspired by our new brass blank shapes and a recent trip to Santa Fe, NM. Each year, thousands of people pilgrimage to El Santuario de Chimayo seeking blessings.  Many visitors take a small amount of...


What is the Difference Between 2-part Rivets, Semi-tubular Rivets and Wire Rivets?

Rivets There are are few basic types of rivets used when making jewelry. Each type of rivet (and eyelet) requires different tools and techniques. First I’ll show you what each looks like, and describe their key features. Second, I’ll explain how to use them. 2-part Rivet Sets (or Compression Rivets): Thicker than most wire rivets Generally used with leather Require...


Riveting with TierraCast Leather Findings

The links, beads and rivets in TierraCast’s new Leather Findings Collection are refreshingly easy to use — especially for those of you who are still nursing bruised fingertips from my previous riveting blog! Compression rivets are fast. The rivetable links are sturdy, yet can be re-shaped if desired: Hook clasps, strap tip, tribuckle clasps, strap tips, ribbon slide cord ends...


How to Use Fancy Wire Rivets

Bees ~ Butterflies ~ Sprockets ~ Fleur-de-Lis ~ Leaves ~ Flowers ~ Simple Domed ~ Shells ~ Hearts ~ Stars . If you already know how to make and set traditional wire rivets, then you only need to know one new thing about setting these fun decorative rivets: To prevent marring the decorative rivet head, don’t hammer on the usual...


Upcycle cans and tins into jewelry!

We all know recycling is a good thing, but upcycling is even better! Aluminum and tin cans can easily be turned into jewelry, but there are a couple of things to keep in mind: Metal edges can be wicked sharp. Make clean cuts and file off any jagged points. Quality jewelry metal shears make this much easier! Most tin snips...


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