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« on: February 11, 2008 09:57:53 AM »

I want to (eventually) make my own jeans and pants, and so I've been looking closely at how they're made. I've noticed that jeans have these flat, round metal things with tiny balls on top of them, around parts of the pockets. Is there any real function for these, or are they just for decoration? Do they have a name? Thank you for any replies.
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« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2008 10:24:31 AM »

They're called rivets.  They are more decorative than anything else.  They are sometimes difficult to find, you may want to look online or if you have a Tandy Leather near you, you might want to check with them.
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« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2008 11:50:14 AM »

Jeans were work pants, originally made for miners by Levi Strauss.  The rivets were to keep the pockets from tearing off from stress/weight.  Now they're mostly decorative.  The thing that bugs me is sometimes I want to REMOVE them and that's well nigh impossible!  But you can buy studs or rivets at the fabric store if you want to put some on.   
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« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2008 12:17:34 PM »

Thank you both for the answers! I was thinking of putting on pyramid studs in place of the rivets. Thanks again!
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« Reply #4 on: July 08, 2009 08:18:26 AM »

what is the difference between studs and rivets? and how to u attach them? I was thinking of adding them to my cuff bracelets for decoration.

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« Reply #5 on: July 08, 2009 06:11:50 PM »

Some studs have little pointy bits around the edges which you push through the fabric adn then bend them all towards the middle. Other studs require you to poke a hole in the fabric (or use an awl to form a hole without tearing the fibres) and feed the screw-back up through the hole; the top of the stud screws onto the screw-back, sandwiching fabric between.

Rivets, or at least industrial pop-rivets, require a rivet gun, a little tool used to insert them. There's usually directions right on the package that show you with pictures how to insert them. A rivet gun just pulls on the long stem of the rivet, pulling the ball of the rivet into the rivet's little tube, deforming the metal outwards so that the rivet will stay in place, and then the stem snaps off because the ball can't go any further. I don't know if rivets exist that work any other way.
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