Solid Rivets

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A step-by-step guide to an essential cold connection

By Helen I. Driggs

Solid rivets are one of the most useful connections for joining materials that are delicate, heat sensitive, or not metal. I like to use them both as decorative and structural elements, and although there are manufactured rivets available on the market, I typically make them from scratch using brass rod or nickel wire as a starting point. Once you understand and master the fabrication of solid rivets, a wide range of other versatile cold connections can be added to your skill set.