Due to an impossible urge to make things, I've done another project that utilizes some more simple metalworking techniques, and uses the ones that I discussed in my two previous Instructables, found below:



So, in this instructable I will show you how to rivet two pieces of metal together (an instructable already exists, but this isn't my focus) and how to give metal a decorative hammered texture. Also, my design might get your head whirling about how to make simple 3D shapes using 2D materials, keeping your project simple but still looking elegant.

I hope you enjoy reading.

Step 1: Tools and Materials

Things are made of Stuff. Therefore, Stuff is needed to make Things. Lets get started:


- 22 gauge sheet steel
- A rivet

Safety Gear:

- Gloves
- Goggles
- Ear protection


- Anvil
- Ball-pein Hammer
- Needle-nose pliers (the kind without teeth are best)
- Heavy duty cutters
- Blowtorch
- Drill
- Bit the diameter of your rivet
- Tin snips
- Vice
- Tape
- Scissors
- A nail, thumb tack or other scoring tool

You can see the main tools below. The ball-pein hammer is very important since we will need the ball side a lot for this project. The tin snips could be replaced with a fine-toothed jigsaw.

As always, you can improvise your tool selection, but we need to work the metal while its cold, so keep that in mind.

On to the next step: Our Pattern!
<p>What were the dimensions for your template?</p>
<p>the bird is around 5&quot; long</p>
I have been a watcher and not a doer for too long so I gave this a go with what I had available. I only had some old galvanised sheetmetal from some old roof flashings. <br /> <br /> I tried doing some colouring using my new Butane torch but it did not work. I will have to get some sheet metal I can colour.<br /> <br /> <br />
As a public safety announcement, you shouldn't try to colour galvanized steel as it releases toxins when the zinc coating burns off.<br><br>Great job!
Wow, I'm really glad to see people being inspired by my work! &nbsp;Honestly, really really great work.&nbsp; <br /> <br /> Galvanized steel is coated with a thin layer of zinc, which is why it was not affected by the blowtorch. &nbsp;I&nbsp;hope you had fun and learned a bunch along the way though. :)<br /> <br /> Thanks again!<br />
Galvanized steel gives off <strong>highly toxic fumes</strong> when heated I think you should make readers aware of this
Nice, you have quite a talent for this, do you sell any of your work?
I most certainly would if I had a venue. Right now I just make stuff as presents for my girlfriend, but her house is getting cluttered up so selling this stuff is a very good idea. Are you asking because you want to buy? I should speak with the local arts group and see how and where they sell their stuff.
Try etsy.com or artfire.com
setting up an online store may not be a bad idea; or just selling through an online market such as ebay.
I could certainly try. I will have to make a bunch of stuff specifically for selling though, and that will take a while.
I decided to make this for my girlfriend for the holidays and it turned out great! I spot-welded the wings on instead of using a rivet.<br />
a cross-peen hammer could be used instead of a ball-peen to creat more feather like patterns
Definitely, but keeping them relatively straight might be difficult. It would be a good alternative, and if you did it right I think it might look even better. The ball-peen is just a little safer because you can't hit wrong with a sphere.
In step 4 a lead shot filled leather bag or wooden forms may be more suitable than paper towels taped to anvils. In step 7 When I trim rivets I trim them flat. Makes the head I shape come up much better formed. Really I can't imagine trying to shape a rivet that was snipped. Well after looking at your picture maybe now I can! I mean how can you deflect on the edges when they are sloped? Anyway ... I usually just use common soft iron nails too, which work well for me. Now I have to find this instructable you mention that focuses on riveting. So I can add it to the pages I've already read on the subject.
The rivet Instructable:<br/><br/><a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-peen-a-rivet/">http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-peen-a-rivet/</a><br/><br/>You're right about the paper towel not being the best thing, it shredded pretty bad by the time I was done. However, I also tried using my wooden workbench for the hammering and it didn't give me the cushioning I wanted. Next time I'm going to use a folded square of cloth that I think will stand up to the abuse longer, and if that fails, leather.<br/><br/>Thanks for the comment though. In regard to trimming rivets, this is just what I did. You're right about the edges being sloped, and thats why I hammer the rivet with the flat end first, to spread it out a bit. Once it starts looking like its got the head of a nail on it, then I can start shaping it into the finished dome. I've never tried using soft nails as a rivet, but I have this big bin of actual rivets so I don't think I need to.<br/>
It showed up in the end... Nice job! L
Yep... just took a while. :)
And featured, quite right. L
It's amazing!

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