I . . . never did post about this one, did I? The riveted bead ring based entirely on a great YouTube tutorial video by Soham Harrison?
I started this in February, I think, because while I had made and liked this riveted ring (below) last fall, the greater complexity of Harrison’s ring really caught my attention.
I won’t get too much into technical detail, because if you want to see that you should just watch the two videos. I will, however, share some things I learned from this one.
- (And this is the big one!) It can be a major challenge finding an appropriate stone bead for riveting like this. You need to choose one that is drilled cleanly, with a small hole (on both ends!) and is drilled straight, not on a diagonal. (The mother-of-pearl inlay bead I used seemed perfect, but it is drilled on a very slight angle, and the checkerboard design only makes it more obvious.) It’s probably best to buy your bead at your local bead shop, not online, and take a bit of wire with you to test the hole.
- Harrison’s tip on how to make a dent to mark your tiny drill hole is genius. The usual wisdom is to mark the spot with a center punch, but if that’s actually too big for the hole you want to drill, take your tiniest burr bit, hold it against the spot, and grind away a tiny bit (see video for exactly how to do it.) This is something that’s been a problem for me for a while now, so I’ve very happy to have found this solution.
- I agreed with Harrison’s advice to solder the inner ring from the inside, and let the solder flow up into the join so you don’t have any blorps that would show on the outside, which would already be textured and ready to go. However. Be sure you’ve used enough and that the solder does indeed go all the way to the edges, because when you round it out on a mandrel, and then slightly dap both sides of the ring to make it just a bit anticlastic, you may find the join gapes open just a bit–enough to be annoying. I ignored the problem and had to add more solder from the outside later. Don’t be like me.
- Soldering the smaller, outer ring onto the inner ring impresses people. I don’t know why. It’s actually one of the easier operations of the whole thing. 😉
- Rubber or silicone polishing tools are your best friends for making rivets all but disappear! Here’s a before shot of my rivet and the little hammer marks I’d made:
All that polished out pretty well. Oh, and as always, tape is your friend when it comes to things you don’t want to get scuffed or dinged by power tools.