Copper Rivets

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?

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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3 responses to “Copper Rivets

  1. Mario

    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?

  2. JB

    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.

  3. Mario

    Numbers 6 thru 8 look pretty good. 8 is real nice.

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