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Removing conchos and copper rivets?

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What are the safest techniques for 1) removing copper rivets without damaging the surrounding leather and 2) unscrewing super tight conchos from a saddle without damaging surrounding leather or the conchos itself?

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copper rivets - take a Dremel with the drum sander, remove the top of the rivet

conchos - if you have a drill driver with the ratchet function they will come rite off 

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copper rivets - take a Dremel with the drum sander, remove the top of the rivet

But be careful not to let it get too hot or you'll burn your material.

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If the rivet is tight I center punch and drill the peened end off with a cobalt drill bit. The cobalt bits are harder, sharper, and eat copper easily. Much cooler than other bits or grinding. Once the peen is gone, pop the burr off. If the rivet spins then it is generally loose enough to get the tips of an end cutter under the burr and bend it up enough to get a bite and cut it/pull it off. Another option that works is to use a small chisel and hit the burr. It will fold up the burr slightly and you can get a bite.

For conchos a few tricks. Sometimes you can push a chunk of crepe rubber on the them and twist it get them loose. The ProLeptic concho turners once in a while can get them loose if you have one. I still generally fell to plan B. Channel Lock pliers with the jaws wrapped with electrical tape. A light grip on the concho is usually enough abd the torque from the handle length does the job. 

 

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Great, thank you!

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