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Simply Riveting

by: Jennifer Tough

Riveting the incredibly easy way! Not that regular riveting is really all that hard - it's not. However, depending on what you're trying to rivet - you need to drill a hole, and then you need to match the hole size to some wire - then of course you need to hammer both sides, going back and forth to get it even.

Forget all of that! I love this tool. I picked up the starter kit, but I'll be heading back into the shop to get the rest of the goodies that go with this. The especially great thing with this tool is it's built in ability to upgrade. The bits are made to be interchangeable. As they add new types of rivets and sizes - you'll be able to swap them out on the fly.

For these two ultra easy projects - I've used our copper blanks, the riveting starter kit, a couple of Vintaj brass charms, and a metal file. 

When working with metal blanks, it's always a good idea to keep a metal file nearby. Sometimes they're nice and smooth and you can just start working - often you'll need to file away a sharp edge or two.

The next step is to plan your layout. Choose which charms you want to add, and mark it's placement with a fineline sharpie.

3) Punch holes with the riveting system in both the blank, and your charm.

4) Insert an appropriate sized rivet - and follow the directions included in your kit - or watch this video! - and you're done. Easy Peasy :-)

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