CapScale. Attaching Scales by Riveting

Introduction: CapScale. Attaching Scales by Riveting

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This instructable is promissed continuation to How to Make Scale Armor From Bottle Caps, so I recommend to go and check it up to have an Idea of what I'm talking about here. To take a look at another two, you can visit these links:

- CapScale. Attaching scales by stitching.

- CapScale. Attaching scales by lacing.

And finally I'm talking about riveting. While it seams to be pretty much straight forward task, there's still a couple of advices I can give, so, if you trust my guidance, walk with me, my friend... walk toward the wonders of bottle caps... and s#@t... and attractive half-naked women (there'll be no attractive half-naked women)

Step 1:

To attach the rivet with a stud, you have to make a hole in it. Drilling and using awl or simply a nail and a hammer - are options. But I want to show, how you can make a simple hole punch that produces accurate round hole without any burr on the edge or bent material.

So, take some broken drill bit of suitable diametre and cut all that that still makes it look like a broken drill bit off. Then with suitable tool or a file gring a round notch on the working end. Make sure you've created nice sharp edge.

And this is the hole punch we've been looking for.

Step 2:

But before punching holes, flatten the area of the cap at the top. You can call a "top" any side, you want.

Step 3:

Then use the punch and the hammer to produce nice roung holes, and may the wooden block help you.

Step 4:

Prepare the padding. I believe, riveting works best with leather, punch holes for rivets with suitable tools. But if multylayered fabric is used, I recommend to use an awl, since it spreads the fibers instead of cutting them, thus making the area of material around the stud's steam more dense, so it holds the stud better.

Step 5:

And now it's just a matter of installing the studs with the scales and wacking them with a hammer.

This is it for now. Thanks for your attention, and I'm sorry for not having half-naked women... I wish I had one... but it's life, so...

Step 6:

...have a self supporting banana instead.

And if you feal like I'm doing something useful and you want to see me doing more of that, please, concidere to support me on patreon. I always have new Ideas and willing to explore new crafts and stuff, so even with some humble extra budget I'll have more directions to explore and efforts to spend on my projects.

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    4 years ago

    all those lovely bottle caps... *-*
    i think my favorite is the lacing method. i find it more simple and fast. plus if you're up to make a whole armor, i guess the final weight matters, so a leather lace is probably lighter than rivets.

    Waldemar Sha
    Waldemar Sha

    Reply 4 years ago

    Believe me, I love those caps for another one completttely different reason... But anyway, rivets are flush with the surface on the back, while the lacing has it's volume, so it can be itchy and scratcy to the skin, especially if it's leather one.