Friday, February 18, 2011
Riveting the Poppies
~how do you rivet those little balls without cracking the glass?
I got this question through my Flickr page. I’m no expert but I could be very cleaver & love questions like this! And I had locket order to do today so I decided to take pictures step by step. BTW, to me riveting is the single most valuable technique I learned at jewelry class. It’s opened up how I incorporate my enamel pieces into metalwork in so many ways!
*one poppy disc
*1” - 18g fine silver round wire -And it’s important to use fine silver because fine silver doesn’t harden so you don’t have to put too much pressure hammering them.
*nail head punch –I got mine at “Harbor Freight Tools” for about $3. In jewelry class, we were using a fancy tool that has many sizes but this will do me just fine.
*stand for nail head
Drill a small hole on the middle of locket. Hole should be snag to wire so it’s better to start small and wider with reamer.
Make ball on one end of silver wire.
insert poppy, then locket on wire.
set ball end on the nail head punch. Punch end should be large enough to cover most of the ball but small enough to not touching the enameled surface.
Clip wire to leave about 1.5mm.
Tap on wire until they are almost flat.
file on sharp edges.