Bicycle chain with rivets and gorgeous jewelry do not usually appear in the same sentence. However, Kerry, of Wandering Jeweler on Etsy.com is known for her unique style utilizing found metal objects, rivets, and more in creating spectacular pieces of jewelry you will wear forever.
Kerry's Etsy shop is this "wandering jeweler's" place for travel inspired jewelery. Much of what she sells is made of materials she has found while traveling with her family. Wire, metal, resin, glass, copper, bike parts, and silk are some of her favorite things.
Ever wonder how the heck Kerry does what she does?
Today, this self taught jeweler shares one of her techniques. Take it away, Kerry!
Safety notes: Always wear safety glasses when using wire cutters and when riveting
Watch your fingers when hammering
A couple of the items you need to rivet (regular hammer is shown to show how small a rivet hammer is) Riveting hammer, bench block and a couple of pieces of metal to rivet together.
Optional - I like to put the metal rivet (in this case fine silver) in the vise and flare out one end. I start with the narrow side of the hammer to flare out the rivet a bit then I flip the hammer over and hit it a few times with the flat side to flatten out the top
Measure how much wire you need for the rivet. The propper length is about 1/2 the diameter of the wire above and below the stack (ie. your wire is 2mm round, then you leave 1mm above and 1 mm below the stack of metal).
My two pieces of metal and the rivet.
Again, my two pieces of metal and the rivet.
Rivet 5Flaring out the backside of the rivet on my bench block starting with the narrow part of my hammer
Finished rivet on the backside
Finished project with my riveting hammer and two whole punch
Some helpful hints
- If you decide to texture your metal, I find that it is better to do this first so you don't distort the hole size.
- Make sure that the wire is snug in the holes, it should be hard to put in the hole. It is best to punch the hole slightly smaller than you need and use a bead reamer to make it large enough to put the wire through.
Are you officially a fan of this affordable, timeless, and unique jewelry? I am !
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