Went to the Grand River Bead Society meeting last night in Guelph and the demo/workshop, taught by Caroline Andrews of Metal-Artz, was about riveting. I overheard many participants marvelling at how simple this process turned out to be, many of us coming into this believing it required some type of heavy-duty, complicated equipment. Basically, after punching a couple of holes in a piece of sheet metal, texturing if desired, and stacking up a couple of components on a copper nail which is then snipped to 1mm, it's all about gently, gently almost stroking that little bit of nail sticking up with a ballpeen hammer, alternating the ball side with the flat, to moosh it down and out to extend past the holes in the doodads and metal piece and make them fit nice and tight. What could be easier?
This was what I ended up with:
...which looks kind of like a cracker... or is that just because I haven't had dinner yet?