Introduction: Easy Plastic Rivets

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Here's a really simple way that you can do some plastic welding with weed eater trimmer string and a soldering iron

Step 1: Materials

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weed eater trimmer string
soldering iron

two plastic or lightweight materials to join together

be sure to do this outdoors as the fumes are peculiar and probably not good for you.

Step 2: Make a Little Hole

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make a small hole to hold the rivet that will join the two pieces together.

you can use a drill, or if you are using plastic, you can use the soldering iron

Step 3: Make One Side of the Rivet

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feed a bit of trimmer line through the hole.

using the soldering iron, mash the plastic down around the hole. If your soldering iron has a low setting, try that first.

Step 4: Complete the Rivet on the Other Side

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turn the piece over and complete the rivet on the other side

Step 5: A Light Duty Bond But It Works

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the rivet holds pretty well, but can be torn apart with a bit of effort.   



zume (author)2011-09-28

would this be possible with plastic barrels, welding them end to end?

foobear (author)zume2011-09-28

I think you would need a stronger plastic to rivet with in that case... Not sure, let us know how it turns out

porcupinemamma (author)2011-06-01

O.K I'm just going to publically announce, that I don't know what a rivet is. There, I did it. Please be gentle with any response. I also don't understand what the finished product is and how it works. Remember, there is a "be nice" rule people pulleassssse

foobear (author)porcupinemamma2011-07-04

Oh yeah, I guess it's not very clear. That thing I was working on was an instructable that didn't work out. So I never did publish that or explain what it was. The general point of this instructable though was the discovery that I could make plastic rivets out of weed whacker wire. Rivets are just something that can hold two things together. Usually they are made of thin metal pipe.

porcupinemamma (author)foobear2011-07-05

Ahhhhhhh I get it. Tx 4 for explaining :0)

sylvain01 (author)porcupinemamma2011-07-02

good idea

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