How to Use Rivets on Leather?

How to Use Rivets on Leather?

This article is for beginners who are interested to make leather. We will show you how to rivet leather. This is an essential part of leather craftsmen.

Leather is a flexible material, making it easy to work in. It can also be damaged, regardless of how beautiful it appears. Let’s now get to “How to use Rivets to Leather”.

What is a Leather Rivet? How does it Work?

Multiple layers of fabric can be joined using metal fasteners like leather rivets. They can also be used to enhance leatherwork projects using a variety of metals, colors and materials.

Leather rivets can also be made from steel, brass, copper, or aluminum. They can be ordered in single, double, and tubular forms to suit any type of leatherwork project.

A rivet is used to support areas with high tension, such as a dog collar. Tension can be created by dogs pulling on leads. A rivet is the best choice for keeping material secure and intact.

What is the purpose of leather rivets?

It is safe and secure to join leather pieces together using leather rivets. The rivets are made out of leather and the posts are passed through the pieces that you want to join. Finally, secure the rivet by attaching a washer, backing, and other methods of setting it. Many rivets can be used for aesthetic purposes, as well as their utility.

How do you use leather rivets?

Depending on the type and style of rivet you use, the method you use to rivet your leatherworking project will depend on which one you choose. Although you can use the same methods for setting copper, tubular, and rapid rivets with the same tools, they have slightly different settings.

You will need to make a hole in your leather pieces to rivet them. These holes should not be greater than the post of any rivets. This will usually be about 1/8 inch. Follow these instructions to install the type of rivet you have chosen.

Rapid Rivet

  1. Push the post through a leather hole.
  2. The post should be approximately 1/8 inches above the leather in order to properly “crimp” the leather.
  3. Place the cap on top.
  4. Place the leather cap-side-up on an anvil or another location.
  5. Place the cap with the concave side down on your rivet setter. Tap the setter gently with your mallet or Hammer a few times.
  6. Secure your rivet

Double Cap Rivet

Double cap rivets are made the same way as rapid rivets. The double cap rivet is a cap that attaches to both the top and bottom ends of the post. To set your cap, a rivet anvil is available. The setting will cause the bottom caps to flatten.

  1. Push the post through a hole in the leather.
  2. The post should be approximately one-eight inch above the leather in order to properly “crimp” or “set” the leather.
  3. Place the cap on top.
  4. Place the leather cap-side-up on an anvil or another location.
  5. Place the cap with the concave side down on your rivet setter. Tap the setter gently with your mallet or Hammer a few times.
  6. Secure your rivet

Tubular Rivet

Tubular rivets are thicker and more commonly used for industrial projects. Before you begin, make sure that your leather is the right size for your tubular post.

  1. Push the post through a leather hole.
  2. The post should be approximately 1/8 inches above the leather in order to properly “crimp” the leather.
  3. You can either set the kick press, or the peening instrument.
  4. For the peening tools, place the rivet head flat against the setting surface.
  5. Place the rivet point in line with your peening instrument.
  6. Hammer the rivet until it sets with a mallet.

To set your tubular bolt, use a kick press. Follow the instructions. This is a quick and simple way to set larger rivets.

Common Leather Rivet Materials

They are also known as “Leather Rivets” because of the way they hold multiple layers of leather together. You can make rivets in many metals. Most common are copper and brass. Even rivets that look like polished steel are nickel coated with brass.

  • BrassBrass is the most popular metal used for rivets. While rivets come in many different colors, most have brass bases that are coated/plated. This is because brass is not as prone to oxidizing/rusting as steel and copper.
  • SteelSteel is susceptible of rusting, but it is strong with high-tensile strengths. Steel is a great choice for leather goods that last a long time.
  • CopperCopper rivets are an integral part of any saddle/tackshop. They are used to secure corners between multiple layers leather in bags and apparel. Copper rivets are a favorite choice for leathercrafters who use them to attach handles and shoulder straps. Because of the stress they create in their lives, this is why they are so popular with leathercrafters.
  • NickelThis can be used to cover brass hardware with a shiny, polished or chrome finish. It gives the project a silver/steel appearance without the risk of rusty metal hardware.
  • Aluminum These aluminum pop rivets can be used to repair leather panels where access to the opposite side is not possible. Because of how they are installed, they are often called blind rivets. A mandrel, a solid post, is inserted in a tube (Rivet Pin). The rivet is secured through the hole in the leather’s other side (the “blindside”). The mandrelhead is a small metal ball that can be found at one end. When the mandrel has been pulled back through, its head crushes the rivet pin and locks it in place.

How do I rivet thick leather?

Leatherworkers who work with thick leather will often use a drill press or a battery-powered handheld drilling machine to make holes and place rivets.

What size rivet do you need for leather?

It is a good idea measure the thickness of single and double-cap rivets and then add 1/8 inches. For the length of the posts, add 3mm. This will allow for the rivet pin to protrude though the leather, and the cap can be fitted onto the top of rivet post as it is intended.

If the post is too short, the rivet can bend or be offset. If the cap is too short, it might not fit well onto the post.

Any length of post that sticks through leather with solid copper/brass rivets will work, as long as it can accept the burr washer being pressed into place.

What Rivets can I use to make leather look better?

It is up to each leatherworker to decide what type of rivets they use. Some leatherworkers prefer double-cap rivets, while others prefer solid copper rivets. For leather goods such as belts and gun belts, single/double cap, tubular, solid Copper/brass rivets are available.

For high-stress areas such as the corners of pockets and bags, where seams can be pulled apart, tubular and copper rivets may be recommended. For areas that are less susceptible to tension, single- and double-capped rivets can also be used. This design is more appealing.

Another important thing to consider is the intended usage of the leather item. Copper and brass hardware won’t rust if they get wet. Steel will, however.

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