How to Use TierraCast Compression Rivets With Leather and Alternative Cords

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Designer: Tracy Proctor
In this video, Tracy Gonzales from TierraCast shows you how to use the TierraCast Rivet Setters to set their compression rivets. This is a quick and easy cold connection method that looks fantastic and is perfect for use with leather and leather alternative cords and straps, including the Regaliz line of flat cork cord available from Beadaholique. For more information on working with Regaliz and other leather alternatives, view our Regaliz Product Guide.
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Hi everyone this is Tracy Gonzales with TierraCast and I'm here at to show you how quick and easy it is to set TierraCast compression rivets using our rivet setters. Compression rivets are a cold connection and there are a two part component consisting of a post and a cap. They come in two sizes the smallest one is about five millimeters long, the cap is about four millimeters in diameter the hole required to set these will be about t2 to 2.5 millimeters depending on the stiffness of your material they will connect thicknesses between two and a half to five millimeters and they're great by themselves or used to cold connect other components and the six millimeter compression rivet is about 700 millimeters long that cap has a 6 millimeter dome and the hole required for using these is between 3 and 3.5 millimeters depending on the stiffness of your material we have setters that are designed to use with both of these sizes this one is the four millimeter and this one is the six millimeter and they have a concave end so that when you're setting your rivet and the cap doesn't get flattened during setting. These are really easy to use you just need to make a hole depending on the size of the rivet you're using. I'm going to use the two millimeter hole this is fairly soft material so I'll use two millimeter holes because it will stretch a little bit when I put the rivet through and then you insert the post of the rivet through the hole from the bottom, set the cap onto it on the top, squeeze that together, you'll hear it kind of click together, set the whole thing on the bench block set the rivet setter onto the top of it and whack it a few times with a hammer until it's set I'll test that by just seeing if I can pull up on that cap, if it doesn't move its good and set they're super easy and as I said before they're wonderful for cold connecting, used as decorative components on their own and they're really fun. Again this is Tracy Gonzalez from TierraCast, guest designer for and thanks for watching Go to to purchase beading supplies and to get design ideas!

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