Riveting Is a very ancient technique of cold joining. When heat and solder is used it is termed hot joining, but not all material can handle heat.
 
Riveting Is a very ancient technique of cold joining. When heat and solder is used it is termed hot joining, but not all material can handle heat.
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Riveting Is a very ancient technique of cold joining. When heat and solder is used it is termed hot joining, but not all material can handle heat.
  Riveting Is a very ancient technique of cold joining. When heat and solder is used it is termed hot joining, but not all material can handle heat.  
 

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Riveting
Author: Sunette van den Berg (28 April 2010)
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Is a very ancient technique of cold joining. When heat and solder is used it is termed hot joining, but not all material can handle heat.

Sometimes a design calls for wood or plastic or some other material that would melt or burn as soon as the solder torch is near. This is where rivets come in very handy - they can be decorative as two tone metal balls (in above example) or filed to look like screw heads.

They can also be invisible as flush rivets that are filed and sanded to the same height as the surrounding metal so they litterally dissapear. Below is an illustration of the preparation sequence to follow when making rivets:


1. Drill a hole slightly larger than the rivet you intend using; eg 1mm hole for 0.9mm wire.
2. Taper the outside edges of the holes on the outer metal pieces with a setting burr or needle file.
3. Insert the wire and trim to about 1mm longer on either side.
4. Flatten and spread wire with a riveting hammer on a hammer block. Turn piece over and repeat on the other side. Finish as desired.


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