Screwdriver and Pliers Method Insert the head of the screwdriver in between the back of the rivet or button. Work it around a little to help loosen it. Now use the pliers on the rivet or button top; twist it up and down to release it from the bottom.
Remove a Jean Button by Prying the Button Apart Instead of cutting a jean button, it’s possible to force it apart by gripping each side of the button with a pair of pliers. Use two pairs of pliers, one of a suitable size to tightly grip the button side and another to grip the rivet side.
Once the tack is hammered all the way into the button, you’re done. You’ve replaced the button on a pair of jeans! If you want to reuse the button from an old pair of jeans: Metal jeans buttons are made to be one-use only: The tack goes in, but it’s not designed to come out.
Insert the tack into the back of the hole. Push the tack through the hole. If the hole is too large, you can make a new, smaller hole for the tack in an undamaged section of the denim as close the existing hole as possible. Then push the tack through the new hole.
How do you remove a rivet without damaging it?
The only way rivets can be removed is essentially by destroying them. The easiest way to do this is by “drilling out” the rivet –using friction from a drill bit to cut away at the inner wall of the fastener, separating the shaft from the head. I always recommend using titanium drill bits to do this.
Rivets & Jean Buttons. Rivets are used in so many different applications, from utility to fashion. These little metal fasteners are found in all manners of sewing and crafts and are used with fabrics such as denim, canvas, and leather. They are used to hold things together or attach them to something else.
The task, in and of itself, is very simple to do. You just place the bottom part where you want it and hit it with enough force to drive it through the fabric. Then you simply tap the top button into place. It should take no more than 5 minutes to get the job done and your pants should look good as new.