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
- 22 gauge sheet steel
- A rivet
- Ear protection
- Ball-pein Hammer
- Needle-nose pliers (the kind without teeth are best)
- Heavy duty cutters
- Bit the diameter of your rivet
- Tin snips
- 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!