Make a Rivet and Eyelet Tile

By on March 1, 2017
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by Judy Ellis,

Wire Jewelry Tool Tip for March 1st, 2017

Make a Rivet and Eyelet Tile

by Judy Larson

Today we continue our short series of tips from Judy Larson on making and using Rivet and Eyelet Tools. Tip #2 – Make a Rivet and Eyelet Tile

Judy says:


Rivets need to be cut a specific length after inserting through the pieces they will be riveted in. This rivet/eyelet tile was made with tube rivets and eyelets as well as 16 gauge flat and balled head rivets in mind.

Step 1: Start with a piece of 22 gauge sheet metal. It can be cut in any shape. Here, a ¾” circle was punched from a piece of brass. Brass was used because it is harder than copper. Since you will be filing across the top of the tile, it needs to be made from a relatively hard metal.


Step 2: Using a 1.5mm hole punch, make the first hole. This hole will be used with 16 gauge flat and balled head rivets.

Note: Check the diameter of the shank of your tube rivets and eyelets to know what size holes to punch in your tile. Tube rivets require 2 tiles.

Step 3: The next size hole was made with the 2.38mm or 3/32″ punch from a multi size hole punch, shown to the right. This hole will fit 3.5mm x 3mm (as well as longer than 3.5mm) eyelets and domed face tube rivets.

Step 4: The largest hole was made with the 3.16mm or 1/8″ punch from a multi size hole punch. This hole fits 5.5mm x 4mm eyelets.


Step 5: Use number stamps to show the approximate hole size.

Hint: For a tile to use in tight spaces, make a narrow rectangular tile with one hole at each end. Those holes should be the ones you use most often.

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  1. avatar

    Catherine Barron

    March 2, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    I have this heavy duty punch, and managed to damage one of the components. Short of buying another complete kit, where can I buy replacement components? Any help is appreciated?

    • avatar

      Judy Larson

      March 3, 2017 at 5:50 pm

      What part is damaged and how is it damaged?