- 1 How to ball up wire on the end of a balled riveted.
- 2 Where do I buy tubing and what should I know about tube setting stones
- 3 Rivets To Repair Objects
- 4 Where Can I Buy Tubing For Riveting?
- 5 How To Hammer Rivets On Pieces That Are Not Flat
- 6 How To Set A Shell Using A Tube Setting As A Rivet
- 7 Should I rivet before bending my ring shank or after. Also, how do I protect a patina?
How to ball up wire on the end of a balled riveted.
I have learned SO many techniques from you, along with new tools that you use. Thank you so much!!! I have been trying to connect two pieces of silver together by melting silver wire into a ball on one end, threading the two pieces of silver onto the wire and then cutting the wire and trying to melt another ball on the other end so that the two pieces of silver move separately, but are held together between the two silver balls…… does that make sense? I have even seen artists use this method to attach a briolette stone, with the wire running through the hole at the top and a ball of silver on either side of the hole….. I can make the first hole, no problem, but I can’t figure out how to get the same size ball on the other side and to get it up tight so there’s not a huge amount of play….
If you could share any info you might have on this, I would appreciate it greatly.
Where do I buy tubing and what should I know about tube setting stones
I just watched one of your YouTube videos and it was very helpful so, thank you. I just started making jewelry using stones. I would like to know if you could tell me where I tubing to make my own rivets.
I want to rivet the holes on pendants to prevent the jump rings from chipping the stones.
You can purchase tubing at many different locations. Rio Grande Jewelry has a wide selection as does Metalliferous and Otto Frei. Micromark also carries tubing and they have a bag of scrap tubing, mixed metals, that is also useful.
A tube cutter makes it much easier and more accurate when cutting tubing. It also cuts down on saw blade breakage as tubing tends to bind, while cutt, snapping the blade. .
Currently, the best jig out there, in Internet World, is the Bergeon Jig. Next best: none that I’ve found. Really! The only one to buy is the Bergeon, IMHO. Less wiggle room for the blade to move in. All the other tube cutters have too wide a slot.
I also, often use the miter cutting vise, in conjunction with the vise because of a jeweler’s need for absolute precision. The miter cutting vise allows one to create a perfect 90° angle edge. See my page: Miter Cutting Vise (surprising name, isn’t it?).
You want a thin cutting area to keep the saw blade from moving too much. Here’s a Q&A from my site about how to cut tubing without a jig. I also have a video on creating tube rivets. (Which is probably what you already watched!).
You might think about using a thinner walled tubing for your tube rivets – that will make it easier to rivet them.
Rivets To Repair Objects
They were called “easy release” baking pans. No longer made except cheap Chinese ones that rust when you was them.
Well I have 2 of these pans that belonged to my mother. Both are in perfect, very usable shape except for one problem: both of the rivets holding the levers to the pan gave way. I have the pans, with small holes in the bottom of each, and the levers, still holding the original rivets. I need to figure out a way to reattach the lever sot the pans. I have been online and to Lowe’s and cannot find rivets that would work. The are all too large. Do you think your wire method for jewelry would work for this and if so can you recommend materials needed? I actually have riveting hammers that my grandfather made and also several ball peen hammers; all I would need to do is find the appropriate wire. Maybe even a nail would work?
Where Can I Buy Tubing For Riveting?
“I have been trying to source the silver tubing you used in your making rivets from tube video. Can you share your supplier with me?”
My webpage: Wire and Sheet Metal lists many suppliers. You can get tubing from most of them. If you scroll down the page, there is more specific information on the metals. Unfortunately, the webpage is not complete. Dang.
I get most of my silver from Rio Grande. You can purchase, fine silver, sterling or Argentium silver tubing from them – heavy walled or regular walled. Depends on what you want. Probably, for tube rivets the regular will do. Usually, the thicker tubing is used for hinging or stone setting. As to the type of metal – that’s up to you. Argentium, (essentially) doesn’t tarnish, fine silver does and sterling tarnishes the most. Fine silver is the “softest” silver and moves the easiest. Sterling and Argentium are a little stiffer. Cost may also be a determinant in your purchase. The prices for the three silver varies. Purchase the silver as “soft” not 1/2 hard or hard. It will make the riveting easier. Although, if you are making stilt or long rivets – where there is a largish length of tubing – you might want 1/2 hard so that the tubing doesn’t bend as easily.
These riveted beads have a long tube running through them. When using this type of rivet, it’s nice to have the tubing a little stiff but, there is also a greater chance of splitting the top part because of that. You can partially rivet them and then anneal the ends only. Another option is to use thick walled, “soft” tubing. The thick walled tubing helps to keep the tubing straight and not getting bent during the riveting process.
One more note: Metalliferous sells fancy tubing. Although not the best for riveting, it does make nice beads. Back to Table of Contents
How To Hammer Rivets On Pieces That Are Not Flat
“I just watched the fancy riveting video and love using the draw plate thing. However, I’m having a hard time not flattening everything in on the flower side when I set the back. Nothing EVER looks like I intended. HELP this frustrated jeweler.”
Hi Gaye, I’m a bit confused about what you mean. I THINK, you mean that when you rivet the back, you flatten the front? If this is so, the answer is using small pieces of steel to rivet on. When I rivet a flower, I position either a small piece of square, polished steel stock or use a small dapping punch. You can buy a bezel pusher, flatten the handle side with a sander and polish the end too. It makes riveting more of a balancing act but, helps you to get into tight spots and helps to avoid squishing everything. There are great little anvils (or stakes) that are perfect for riveting. Rio Grande carries them as do others: Fretz Miniature Stakes. I have, and use, this one and this one. You need a holder to keep it aligned and steady.
Here’s the setup I was talking about. The rivet nestled in the petals, sits on top of the rod or dap – supporting the rivet, while you hammer the top side.
How To Set A Shell Using A Tube Setting As A Rivet
“I am trying to set a shell using a tube setting as a rivet, kind of like using a tube rivet with a donut bead but instead, having a shell with a hole in it instead of the donut bead. I hope that makes sense. THEN, I wanted to set a small faceted stone inside the tube rivet to pretty it up. I drew the side view.”
What you are talking about can be easily done. What I would do though, is solder the tubing to the back of (or through) the shell’s bezel. Why rivet it?
- Place the shell in the bezel. Tape in place if it can wiggle or move around.
- Mark where you want to set the stone on the shell.
- Drill a hole for the tubing at that mark. Drill bit should be the same size or slightly smaller than the tubing. It’s best to use a drill press, for this, if you have one. If not, using a slightly smaller drill bit will allow for “arm and hand wiggle”, which usually results in a slightly larger hole. (Ensure that the tubing is the correct size for your stone.)
- When drilling, leave a small mark, on the back of the shell’s bezel, with the drill bit. This marks the exact location of the tubing or go ahead and drill right through the shell’s bezel. (See the “Note” below on this).
- Place tubing in hole – check for fit and for height. If too tight, use a round file to open slightly. Check often, like every push or so.
- Saw tubing. File flat and sand smooth. Leave enough height to be able to set the stone. A little extra is good for those “damn, I screwed up” moments.
- If you are using CZ’s you can set the stone BEFORE soldering to the back. Let me know if you are, I have a few tricks for that.
- Remove shell.
- Cut seat for stone in tubing, using a setting bur. You can do this before or after it is soldered on.
Note: There are two ways to attach the tubing: 1. Place the tubing dead-center – over the mark you made with the drill bit – ensuring that the metal and the tubing are square and flush. or… 2. Drill a hole, all the way through the back of the shell’s bezel and thread the tubing through. IF you choose this method, you should make the tubing a bit longer because you’ll need to account for the back plate’s thickness and a bit extra for luck and cleanup.
The benefits for drilling all the way through the shell’s bezel are: a. that the hole (the interior of the tube) will allow light to shine up into the stone helping it to glitter more, b. it is easier to clean and c. the solder join is much stronger (because it is IN the metal, not sitting on top – although in this case, there won’t be a lot of stress on the join.
- Solder in place. Clean up any lumps of solder that can interfere with setting the shell.
- Set shell, threading the tubing through the hole (in the shell) that you drilled, as you do. Rub over walls or prongs.
- Set stone in tubing.
- Clean up.
- Make a million dollars.
I don’t think you need to rivet the shell in place, if your bezel is good. Maybe you want the look of a rivet? It’s actually more work to rivet it than it is to solder it (IMHO).
For the shell bezel: you can do a flat back with prongs, like I did with this abalone pendant:
Each prong is individually sized because (as you well know) the shell is not uniformly level. Stupid shell!
The amethyst is set with a prong setting on the end of a flattened piece of wire that snakes over the shell. I moved it into position after setting the shell and the stone.
Should I rivet before bending my ring shank or after. Also, how do I protect a patina?
I was wondering if you could give me some pointers on the order of steps to put rivets in a ring band. Basically what I am trying to do is have a medium width ring band, with a narrower strip of a different metal riveted around it.
Depending on the thickness, I’d try riveting first and then bending/hammering into shape. Riveting after bending is a lot tougher but, you may have issues with the outer ring not being as smooth a bend if you rivet beforehand. So, I’d do a test piece and see which works best for you. Both methods work but, the second is a little tricker. You can recess the holes (on the interior surface of the ring band) with a ball bur or a setting bur, make a nailhead rivet, that fits into the recess and then you only have to hammer on the top side. You’ll have to support the interior “nailhead” on a dapping punch or a small anvil or stakes.
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