How to Set a Double Cap or Jiffy Rivet

Double cap or “jiffy” rivets have lots of applications in historic arts and crafts. You can use them anytime you need to secure two pieces of leather together. I sometimes use them for paper and other materials, too. But how do you know what size to use? And what’s the right way to set them? Jim from Maine Line Leather gives a great explanation in this short video.

Please be aware, these two-piecers are modern compromises for solid core rivets like copper and steel. You can find a video for how to set a copper rivet here.


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Jim Lempe January 1, 2012 at 2:35 pm

Thanks Jim, Great info, it answered a lot of questions I had!

joyce February 24, 2012 at 3:14 am

No matter what size we use the double cap rivit keeps bending no matter what size or thickness.any suggestions.

joyce February 24, 2012 at 3:15 am

No matter what size we use the double cap rivit keeps bending size or thickness.any suggestions.

Cedric June 7, 2012 at 4:45 pm

The length should be just about the thickness of the leather.

Cedric November 29, 2012 at 5:30 pm

The length of the rivet should be just barely long enough to reach through the whole of the material you are working. If it’s a soft material, you should factor compression of the material into the length needed.

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