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Tips & Techniques

Get tips and techniques to become a better beader at Lima Beads.


Setting Rivets with Anvil & Setter Tools

About this Tip:

It's pretty simple, once you see it-- The anvil and setter tools will have your rivets in place in no time.

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Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1:
Match your rivet to your rotary hole punch. You don't want your hole to be too big or too small, like Goldilocks, you want it just right. The rivet should be flush with the hole punch.
Step 2:
Align your piece(s) and mark where you'll want the holes.
Step 3:
Use your rotary hole punch to make your rivet holes. Rivets themselves don't make the hole-- you need to punch it out first!
Step 4:
Line up both male- and female-parts of the rivet with the punched hole. Place on top of the anvil (I'm using the concave-side up). Place the Setter on top of everything and give it a good whack.

Using the concave-side of the anvil allows for the rivet to come flush with the leather cuff I'm using here. Flat edges actually go up into the leather ever so slightly, so you won't risk snagging later when you're wearing your bracelet. Other techniques might recommend the flat side, but I find the concave side works best for this project.
Step 5:
Perfectly attached!

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Measurements: Post length 5mm, tube diameter 2.4mm


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Measurements: Hole sizes include 1/8", 9/64", 5/32", 11/64", 13/64" and 7/32"

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  1. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Thank you!! I needed this!!

  2. cuptonmillerlpn
    cuptonmillerlpn says:

    Hope the extra small rivet setter and dot and rivet anvil are back in stock soon.

  3. J bordonada
    J bordonada says:

    Hello everyone im so glad that I found this site its going to be enjoyable for this new year god bless everyone

  4. J bordonada
    J bordonada says:

    Wow I see alot of things here that I enjoy good to see that

  5. canadiangirl
    canadiangirl says:

    thank you i will try this :)

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    C Maxey says:

    I am just now starting to work with leather. Can’t wait to learn these ideas. Thanks

  7. Masha
    Masha says:

    Great tutorial and video. Browsing the Internet, I came across the following tip. I haven’t try it myself, but it sounds great:

    To prolong the sharpness of the punch edges, put a small piece of strong cloth (denim works fine) above the striker plate (under the leather to be punched). If you inadvertently apply too much force, the punch would bore through the leather and the impact absorbed by the cloth pad above the striker plate. (You would now be ‘over-punching’ through the leather belt into the cloth pad – instead of ‘crashing’ the punch against the metal base).

  8. jabbajane
    jabbajane says:

    This video was great, simple and to the point, no fluff, just what I like. I am always viewing tutorials on the web and saying to myself ‘just get to it, never mind the chit chat and the music’, so I appreciated this one very much. Easy-peasy! I never knew it was so uncomplicated to make this kind of bracelet. I am going to do this!

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    S mountjoy says:

    Awesome! Awesome! Awesome! I am finding so many hings I have wanted in you catalogue. Thank you.

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    Patricia Law says:

    Great information. Thank you very much. Do you have instructions on setting my own snaps please? I make different width bracelets so I need to use different size snaps.
    Patricia L

  11. seaqueen7
    seaqueen7 says:

    very nice, do you guys have a catalog that you can send out,, a lot of suppliers do!!!
    Thank you..looking forward to ordering some of your products

  12. CatPark
    CatPark says:

    @seaqueen7 – We do not offer a catalog. My apologies. We add new products to our site on a weekly basis. Therefore a catalog would be out of date rather quickly. If you need help with anything feel free to contact us at team@limabeads.com.

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    Valree H says:

    This is so cool. To sit in my recliner at home and learn an new technique. Leather work is definitely what I needed to add to my offerings.
    Thank you sooo much.

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    J Wittman says:

    I work with spoon and fork I have made several spoon brackets with leather that l purchased already made up thanks you’ve just showed me
    how I can make my own
    Thank you soon much

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    L Townsend says:

    Hi..I’m new at jewelry making and I’m interested in making infinity bracelets. .need to know what cm of wax cord do I need to purchase that would be a good size when making a 3/4 strands to attach small charms with the cord..thanks so much

  16. RonnyJ
    RonnyJ says:

    Just found this tutorial, looking for information on different types of fasteners. Had everything but the rivet setter and anvil, ordering those next. Need larger type rivet setter, and small screws and nuts in stainless steel, goldtone or silvertone for steampunk – my nieces prefer bright silver or goldtone to antiqued brass or other antiqued metals that are offered.

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