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I Like to Rivet Rivet

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.

  1. (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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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. 😉
  5. 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.

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They See Me Rollin’

I’ve read about rolling mills, and seen pictures of textures in books, and was never impressed.  It’s NOTHING like doing it in person, like running a piece of sheet copper through with a scrap of cross-stitch canvas and coming up with stuff like this.

rollin1Our mission last night was to texture up a couple pieces of copper, punch out circles, dome them, drill center holes (need to pay more attention to getting that right in the center) and rivet them together with a flat circle in the middle, using a bit of tiny brass tubing.  I came up with this circle of wonk, which I love anyway:

copperbeadI can’t wait to send more things through the mill.  I’m thinking about cutting designs out of card stock and making little circular pendants.  (The paper should make the copper sort of matte, and the cut-out parts will stay shiny.)

Last week, before I went out of town, I . . . went to town on this piece of (fold-formed?) copper I rescued from the scrap bin.  I used the claw end of a regular hammer.  It looks a little 1950s, I think:

barpinI sanded the edges last night to make it more properly rectangular.  I might put a pin back on it at some point.  Maybe I’ll try a patina first.  I heard about a really gross, but effective way to get a pretty green. Hm . . . maybe I’ll save that for the next post . . .





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I was going to put a clasp on this one, but I still had so many beads on the thread that I decided to just keep going.  When they were all crocheted up, it was time to join the two ends.  That’s a trickier process than it seems.


It’s a lot of back-and-forth with needle and thread, and making sure the bead you’re on is (and stays!) on the correct side of the thread.  When it’s done, the join is nearly invisible.

This is the first bracelet with a pattern that I designed myself using some free software (DB-Bead, if you want to Google it up for yourself).  It’s rather thick, 11 beads around, and roomy.  It just about slips off my wrist, which is funny because my husband couldn’t get his hand through it.  I think it’ll be a nice fit for a woman of a larger wrist size.


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