Come Together (Part 1)

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Making rivets and cold connections

By Arthur Anton Skuratowcz

A well-placed rivet on a piece of jewelry can hold together components that can’t be soldered or embellish an item with a different color of metal. Tube rivets can add ornamentation or be used for stone setting.

Most rivets used in jewelry require hand hammering, but the use of crimping pliers is another option. In this two-part article, I’ll demonstrate the hand-hammering style of riveting, as well as offer some useful supplemental tools to improve rivet shape and consistency.