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How to flatten jean rivets?

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by blownauratone, Dec 20, 2010.

  1. blownauratone

    blownauratone Member

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    I've got a couple of pairs of Gilded Age jeans that I love, but they have giant crazy exposed rivets- serious spires of homicidal copper that stick out a good 3-4mm+. They catch my hands as they go in the pockets, and threaten to scratch all hard surfaces they touch. Not a big deal, but for whatever reason, it irks me.

    Now, I'd imagine I can just use something solid as an anvil (to rest the rivet's back on) and give a good whack with a hammer to flatten, but I'm not aware of the way these sorts of rivets are constructed. If the center spike is made of solid metal, it may just mushroom nicely- if it's hollow, it'll probably split and get even sharper. Either way, I risk cracking the surrounding piece, and then it's all for naught.

    Has anyone done this? How'd it turn out?
     


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    Just use a metal file?
     


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    [​IMG] ball peen hammer Start by tapping gently, and you can angle it to get a bit of a mushroom. Or, you can get a rivet setter, which has a slightly convex end. [​IMG]
     


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    A rivet setter won't do you much good.

    You need a steady/hard surface and a hammer.
     


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    Naw, that just won't do... [​IMG]
     


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    make sure when youre hammering them down you don't have the rivets making any contact with the denim otherwise you will get some holes.

    use a piece of wood on the other side.
     


  9. Suicmez

    Suicmez Senior Member

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    Buy KMWs...they hammer them for you[​IMG]
     


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    Buy KMWs...they hammer them for you[​IMG]

    There are some Edwins like that as well..
     


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    Buy KMWs...they hammer them for you[​IMG]

    DIY is cooler
     


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