Make a Rivet and Eyelet Tile
by Judy Larson
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.
Instructions
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.
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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 below. This hole will fit 3.5mm x 3mm (as well as longer than 3.5mm) eyelets and domed face tube rivets.

Note: Our 7 Holes Metal Punch Kit makes 2.38mm to 7.14mm holes (Product ID G15-8)
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.

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

Materials

Brass sheet
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Brass Circle, 24 Gauge, 3/4 Inch, Pack of 6
MET-400.25
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Tools

7 Holes Metal Punch Kit- 2.38mm to 7.14mm - Pack of 1 Kit
G15-8
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Euro Punch Plier 1.50mm
PLR-133.70
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DELUXE 4 HOLE METAL PUNCH
PUN-420.04
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Deluxe 3-Hole Punch
PUN-420.03
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Two-Hole Metal Punch
PUN-400.00
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1/8 Letter and Number Punch Set 36 pc
PUN-105.99
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  • Technique(s): Hole Punching, Riveting, Tools, General Education