The Riveting Stake makes creating rivets easy! It is also handy when you are trying to rivet a piece that includes a ball rivet.

Riveting Using a Balled Headpin
If you are riveting using a balled headpin and want to keep the round ball intact while riveting, you can place the ball rivet on a thin piece of leather over the riveting stake. The ball should be cradled by one of the open holes and padded by the leather. As you rivet, the ball will remain intact.

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Purchase the following items used in this tip:
Riveting Stake
Bench Block
Riveting Hammer
16-gauge sterling silver wire
Butane Torch
Cool Cup with Gripping Tweezer 

step 1
Create a small ball on the end of a piece of 16-gauge wire using a butane torch. The size of the ball will directly relate to the size of the rivet-head.  
step 2
Place the balled wire in the hole that fits the wire in the riveting stake. Place the riveting stake on a bench block.
step 3
The wire should fit snugly in the hole, but still have room to move. Again the balled head of the wire should not be too large.
step 4
Gently tap out the rivet head using a riveting hammer. Do not over-thin out the head of the rivet, or it will not be a sturdy rivet. The rivet can also become stuck in the hole and become very difficult to remove.
step 5
The finished rivet is now ready to use.