Using Rivets and Eyelets in Mixed Media Jewelry by Abbi Berta

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by Judy Ellis,

Wire Jewelry Tip for June 2nd, 2017

Using Rivets and Eyelets in Mixed Media Jewelry

by Abbi Berta

Washer Tip 1

Mixed media jewelry is trendy and a lot of fun to design.  Making cold connections with rivets and eyelets is a great way to achieve this style.  Getting creative with different textures and mediums can feel limitless but making jewelry that stays together isn’t always easy unless the right techniques are implemented.

Washer Tip 2

Rivets and eyelets set through fabric might hold at first but can often pull through with wear (like shown).  To avoid this, choose a fabric that has a tight weave and won’t easily fray.  Keep rivets and eyelets away from the edge of the fabric.  A little bit of glue or fabric stiffener can help to prevent wear.

Washer Tip 3

Place a small washer on the underside of the rivet or eyelet next to the fabric.  This tip is invaluable when using loosely woven fabric or when riveting heavy components.  This ensures that the bottom head of the rivet or eyelet won’t slip up through the fabric with wear.


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    Brenda Trudell

    June 2, 2017 at 4:39 pm

    Are there rivets or eyelets made that are hypo-allergic? I love the look of these designs but if I wear anything that lays on top of my skin for a few hours, I get an itchy rash from it. I am told I have metal allergies. Thanking you in advance.

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    Vicki Entrekin

    June 3, 2017 at 7:58 am

    Good info about adding the washers. Thank you!!

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    Carol Praissman

    June 15, 2017 at 4:49 pm

    You probably have an allergy to nickel. My nephew has a problem with jeans that have snaps or buttons that come in contact with his skin. He was always getting a rash on his groin or tummy. I don’t remember what my sister did about that to cover the nasty nickel. Maybe sewed a patch under it.
    Good luck.