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, hole punches, files and other riveting tools that we recommend for making traditional wire rivets (and eyelets, often called tube rivets).