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Using Rivets and Eyelets in Mixed Media Jewelry by Abbi Berta
by Judy Ellis, Wirejewelry.com
Wire Jewelry Tip for June 2nd, 2017
Using Rivets and Eyelets in Mixed Media Jewelry
by Abbi Berta
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.
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.
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.