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Author Topic: How do I make lots of fake rivets (approximately 1" across)?  (Read 11501 times)

United Kingdom United Kingdom

« on: August 04, 2011, 10:53:56 am »

Be gentle, this is my first post here.  I've recently decided our hopless 1970's white and slate blue kitchen into something....a bit more creative.  I'd like to make fake rivets around the cabinet doors...I need something that's cheap and easy to make into dozens, if not hundreds of fake rivets...easy to put on a wood based cabinet.  LOL or am I looking for the holy grail? Thanks!
Major Willoughby Chase
« Reply #1 on: August 04, 2011, 11:18:13 am »

Not a holy grail hunt really, you just need to spend some time looking around the Tactile Section, all the info you need should be in this post. Smiley,30862.0.html
« Reply #2 on: August 04, 2011, 11:44:00 am »

How about cut up ping-pong balls or they also do polystyrene balls which you could cut up.  Any help?

Actually you could use something like this if you want smaller than 1"
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Drew P
Zeppelin Admiral
United States United States

« Reply #3 on: August 06, 2011, 12:41:29 am »

Find one of what you need,make a plaster mold of it,then use that to cast as many as you would like-out of plaster,of course.

Definately check out the 'How to' section here-plenty to learn.

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Always ask 'Why not!?'
Will Howard
Zeppelin Admiral
United States United States

« Reply #4 on: August 06, 2011, 01:16:07 am »

Metal discs used by roofers are inexpensive in quantity (sold by weight, I believe).  In the U. K. try a roofers' supply shop or a DIY shop.

In the U. S. A. try Lowe's or Home Depot roofing department.

They can be attached with a good adhesive or with a nail.

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Lady Ashgrove
Zeppelin Captain
United States United States

« Reply #5 on: August 06, 2011, 01:32:15 am »

these dodads might work for you

however it might be a bit cheaper to look for them on your side of the pond....

eta- Ive ordered from them and had great service
Australia Australia

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« Reply #6 on: August 09, 2011, 04:50:01 am »

These are too small for you, but a good source for small fake rivets is split peas or lentils. They are available in most supermarkets for a few cents, and can be eaten in an emergency, providing that you use non-toxic glue. Maybe there are bigger beans or pulses, but the larger ones tend to be, well, bean shaped.

The prototype Supermarine spitfire was built with expensive flush fitted rivets, and the designers wanted to know if they got worse performance with the more easily made domed rivets. Rather than make a new airframe they just glued thousands of lentils on, and the aircraft flew just the same, and the rest is history.

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« Reply #7 on: August 09, 2011, 01:34:47 pm »

Flints Theatrical Supplies.
It's a good place to look for anything out of the ordinary along these lines.

Such are the feeble bases on which many a public character rests.

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Jedediah Solomon
Snr. Officer
Canada Canada

If all else fails, get a larger hammer

« Reply #8 on: August 21, 2011, 06:15:17 pm »

How about wine bottle corks....but not the cork ones. The plastic ones are rounded on the top and also have a rather unique set of grooves running down them. You could cut the round part off and glue them on with hot-melt glue gun or drill holes into the face of the cabinet with a bit slightly smaller than the stopper and force the stopper into the holes with a bit of adhesive. I would go with the wooden ones described by Lady Ashgrove, and paint them with brass-coloured paint, but you said you wanted LARGER ones.
Gool luck and happy renovating!

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Herr Döktor
Gadgeteer, Contraptionist, and Inventor, FVSS
Master Tinkerer
United Kingdom United Kingdom

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« Reply #9 on: August 21, 2011, 06:27:39 pm »

Large upholstery nails:,or.r_gc.r_pw.&fp=8effd899b03ff10f&biw=1173&bih=847

Just drill a pilot hole and glue them in!

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jake cleland
Deck Hand
United Kingdom United Kingdom

« Reply #10 on: August 21, 2011, 06:29:00 pm »

large upholstery nails? you get them 24mm diameter, though they are a little pricey (first thing i googled came up £24 for 100), but if you're prepared to go for a more standard size (11mm or 13mm) they're dirt cheap, and can just be hammered into place...
Time Traveler

Only The Shadow knows

« Reply #11 on: August 21, 2011, 06:35:47 pm »

I´m not sure how big you can get them, but I would suggest googly eyes.

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