Try This Fun Faux Rivet Idea

Jean Campbell I’m sure this happens to you, too: Every once in a while I run across a clever idea that gets me so excited that I run back to my studio and try it out. Just that thing happened when I was down in Tucson in February this year. I’d stopped by the Tierra Cast booth to say hello to my buddies Julie Young and Pam Arion, and Julie excitedly showed me her latest design. She used bead posts, watch parts, and chain to form a lively charm bracelet. Of course I loved the Steampunk vibe of the piece, but the best part was how she used the thick bead posts to form faux “rivets” that connect beads and other components to the chain.

Julie’s faux rivets are easy to do—I show you how to achieve the look below. But you know what? Real rivets are pretty easy to do, too. You just need a few simple hand tools, some thick wire, and a great step-by-step resource such as Linda Larsen’s Forged Hearts in the You’ll be riveting away in no time.

Faux Rivets
While you’re gathering your tools up for real riveting, want to know how Julie gets that faux-rivet look? Just follow along with me:

1: Place beads on a short bead post so just the end hole sticks out. The one I'm using here is ¾" long, you could use a shorter or longer one. 

2: Slide the end through a link
in the chain.


3: Form another beaded post or other dangle and match it to the original post.


4: Connect the two posts with
a jump ring.

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