Basic Riveting 101


In this jewelry tutorial I will show you how to do basic riveting for jewelry.

Here’s the link to the Drill Bit Chart.

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Nancy L.T. Hamilton

10 thoughts on “Basic Riveting 101

  1. Nancy – your jewellery is incredible and your video was great – loved it!! Thanks so much!

  2. I use a flexshaft for drilling, sanding, cutting, carving, buffing, etc. The nice things about a flexshaft are: foot pedal controls for variable speeds with control, easy to hold and use, with its pen-like construction and you can use them with water (for drilling pearls, glass, etc.) without getting electrocuted. There are several on the market but, I can only speak for the ones I use which are: Foredom and Harbor Freight’s flexshaft. I haven’t used this one but it looks pretty good and the price is low from PJ Tool Supply.

    Many people use a Dremel but I think they are too clunky and if you are going to spend that much money I believe you should invest in a flexshaft. You can also hook the flex shaft into other tools (I guess you can with the Dremel too but not necessarily the tools you need). The one big advantage to a Dremel would be that you can get a battery operated one and have a bit more mobility. I think they are great for assemblage art, home shop, crafts, etc but, not jewelry making with its need for closeup precision. My opinion only! Here’s a tool that I use all the time in conjunction with my flex shaft: Wolf belt sander. There is also jump ring cutters (sold by Dave Arens -gemstonesetc@gainbroadband.com) that attach to the flex shaft. There are drill presses too. You can also get quick release hand pieces so that you don’t have to use the chuck key and there are stone setting hand pieces too. Lot’s of tools to go with it.

    When buying drill bits for the flex shaft buy “high speed steel” because they last longer. Use liquid Bur Life or some oil – even olive oil – (put oil in a jar {w/lid} – about half full – dip drill, raise up, spin off excess, drill. Don’t go too fast – if the piece gets hot, stop, wait and drill – nice and easy. If it becomes tough to drill through – use a new drill bit. They don’t last forever but, you can help them to last longer by following the above techniques.

    If riveting – don’t forget to match drill bit size with wire size. Here’s my chart for reference: http://www.nancylthamilton.com/charts/drill-bits/

  3. Hi, so glad I found your blog! It is great ans so helpful! I was wondering if you could suggest a drill to start with or the brand name and model of the one you use in the video? Thaanks so much in advance!

    xoxo
    Ziggy

  4. Great video, one question though – how well does the rivet hammer work for smaller wire – say 20 or 22 gauge? 14 gauge wire is big and easy to work with – smaller wire is more fine and trickier to work with – I’ve been using a ball peen hammer with some success.

  5. Hi there, Really enjoyed watching the video on riveting. Very helpful! I’m wondering what the link to the drill bit page is? It wasn’t showing on my page. Thanks!

  6. I love your videos. What kind of pliers do you use that have like a plastic sleeve on them?
    thanks, Joyce

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