These are my first rivets. They are made from 6 gauge copper ground wire that has been annealed (softened).
They are numbered in order of execution. See the learning curve?
Copper Rivets: Coming soon to a footed bowl near you!
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Is there a hole in the plate for the wire that will act as the back side of the rivet? Isn’t copper kinda soft for a rivet, or can it be hardened once you affix what you want to affix with them?
That’s actually two plates riveted together. You can’t see plate #2.
I get the rivet (just a cylinder of wire at this point) centered, with an equal amount sticking out top and bottom. A couple of taps with the hammer fattens the rivet so it sticks snugly in the holes, then a few taps on top mushrooms out the head, then flip it over and a few taps on the other side finishes that head.
When you don’t have access to both side you have to pre-make one head, then support it while forming the second.
No, copper’s not very good structurally, but I think two rivets will hold a little leg on a little bowl. Also, people will pay more for a bowl with copper accents than they will for a bowl with my ugly welds on the bottom.
Numbers 6 thru 8 look pretty good. 8 is real nice.
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