Try This Fun Faux Rivet Idea

Mar 3, 2010
Jean Campbell Spacer 10x10 pixels I’m sure this happens to you, too: Every once in a while I run across a clever idea that gets me so excited that I run back to my studio and try it out. Just that thing happened when I was down in Tucson in February this year. I’d stopped by the Tierra Cast booth to say hello to my buddies Julie Young and Pam Arion, and Julie excitedly showed me her latest design. She used bead posts, watch parts, and chain to form a lively charm bracelet. Of course I loved the Steampunk vibe of the piece, but the best part was how she used the thick bead posts to form faux “rivets” that connect beads and other components to the chain.

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Julie’s faux rivets are easy to do—I show you how to achieve the look below. But you know what? Real rivets are pretty easy to do, too. You just need a few simple hand tools, some thick wire, and a great step-by-step resource such as Linda Larsen’s Forged Hearts in the February/March 2010 issue of Step by Step Wire Jewelry. You’ll be riveting away in no time.

Faux Rivets
While you’re gathering your tools up for real riveting, want to know how Julie gets that faux-rivet look? Just follow along with me:

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1: Place beads on a short bead post so just the end hole sticks out. The one I'm using here is ¾" long, you could use a shorter or longer one. 
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2: Slide the end through a link
in the chain.
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3: Form another beaded post or other dangle and match it to the original post.
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4: Connect the two posts with
a jump ring.

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euphemia wrote
on Mar 3, 2010 3:40 PM


Love this idea, where can I buy these bead posts.  I have googled them but nothing is coming up.



AnnR@75 wrote
on Mar 3, 2010 3:48 PM


I, too, googled "bead posts"  and got nothing.  Where can I purchase beadposts? I love that idea.  



linnerlulu wrote
on Mar 3, 2010 3:52 PM

Y'all beat me to my question ... what the heck are bead posts, and where can I buy them?  Love the concept!

Aprilborn wrote
on Mar 3, 2010 4:29 PM

I looked up the items on Tierra Cast's catalog- they are "bead bars".  The website states their  products are available at bead shops.  Hope this helps,


Sally322 wrote
on Mar 3, 2010 5:49 PM

I have seen them as bead bars and once as bails.  


Wyntyr wrote
on Mar 4, 2010 7:09 AM

I looked up Bead Bar and found these! w00t! I'm going shopping today. LOL I love the rivet ideas. These will work well for me. Thanks so much for this post!!! (and the comments too!)

Sally322 wrote
on Mar 4, 2010 12:42 PM

Please...where did you find the knobby gold disc beads?

Sally S.

on Mar 4, 2010 9:44 PM

Sally-those knobby bead caps are from Tierra Cast, too! They've got a great selection of findings...

Dora@18 wrote
on Mar 6, 2010 12:40 PM

where can you buy the bead post ?  Haven't seen them before and such a great idea?