Sooo, How Do I Do This?

Hello to the wonderful people at Briar Press!

A customer wants me to do a two-piece invitation, die-cut, with some sort of rivet in the center. Designing and die-cutting is no problem, I just wouldn’t know how to do the rivet.

Any suggestions? Thanks!

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image: wed wheel invite 3.jpg

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I’d suggest checking your local quality hardware store for their rivet systems. You should be able to get the rivets and a rivet set, which is a two-part gadget that locks the halves of the rivet together, or peens over a one-piece rivet. Or you could maybe use pop-rivets, which would use a one-handed install tool and a washer on the back side..

Bob

Your dies can have a hole-punch in the middle- you can spec all kinds of hole punch sizes. Then it’s a question of a riveting kit.

http://rivetsonline.com/39203-kit-75-assorted-metric-rivet-nuts-not-ribb...

Choose rivet OD size/design the die-line file to include applicable punch size and voila.

There are also Eyelets- you will need a tool for these, they’re pretty easy to use:
http://www.rivetsinstock.com/brass-eyelets.html

check out shops that have “fullfillment” depts. they may have the eyelets and machine to do the job. the industrial grade machine is rather expensive for just one job.

Try an upholstery shop

Talk to a local die cutter/trade finisher. Some of then do this type of work. The trick is that the 2 parts have to be able to turn , it is not just about joining them.

i feel bad often in situations like this. i could do the eyelets for you. or, the “chicago screws” are and option. shop around for them though, the price varies. no one here ever is close enough to be able to absorb shipping and still make the project worth it.

All these insightful answers to a simple question… thanks for all your help folks! Much appreciated!

after reviewing your pic further, Eyelets, may be your only option. the last time i searched for “chicago screws” i seem to recall them being available only so short. 1/8” i believe. these would not be “tight” enough to do the job here you want. if you happen to find some, expect the “heads” to be much larger than in your pic. (which looks to be an eyelet, btw), and i would use a drop of adhesive, loc-tite, super glue, clear finger nail polish, Etc. on the threads. if you do order “screws”, and get aluminum, get extras. the threads “cross” easily, and are then rather useless.

For a non-extra tool option, you could use craft split pins.

Go to JoAnn’s Fabrics and Crafts or Hobby lobby. The Chicago Bookbinding Screws are sold as Scrapbook Supplies. If you use grommets or eyelets it would not be able to spin.

Go to JoAnn’s Fabrics and Crafts or Hobby lobby. The Chicago Bookbinding Screws are sold as Scrapbook Supplies. If you use grommets or eyelets it would not be able to spin.
You can get a Rivit kit at Harbor Freight.

the eyelet dies are set to a specific height. this allows for a snug fit but yet the pieces turn. this is hard to achieve with handheld tools, not impossible however. consistency is the issue.

Oddly enough I found these as I was searching though links from other posts! Hopefully it helps. Also, I know it’s dorky, but I have a handy little “anywhere” hole punch from Michales’ Martha Stewart collection. It just looks like a handle with a round die cutter at the end. Be sure to press really really hard.

http://www.americanprintingequipment.com