Friday, August 13, 2010

Three Clasps

I've been meaning to do this for the longest time.
I wanted to make some special toggle clasps out of the pewter.

Some that were different, very visual and useful for necklaces or bracelets.

But I kept delaying. Do you ever spend time telling yourself how difficult something will be, and talk yourself right out of it? It was kind of like that.

 Tuesday, I just sat down and started working on these.

I started playing with the prototypes in polymer clay first. To get the sizes, textures and the locations for the holes and opening for the toggle.

Then I just started working on them.

These are the first three that I got finished.

I'm going to put them in the Etsy shop, but I can't wait to make a bracelet with one of them. To try them out. I haven't made any finished jewelry since before the move started, I need to get some beads out and wrap some wire.

They are very rustic and have a lot of texture to them.

If you're like me, with the prices of precious metals, you're using more copper wire in your designs right now.

So I gave these first three a deep copper-bronze patina. To coordinate well with copper, but they would look great with patinaed brass wire too.

They're good sized, not too large for a bracelet, but showy enough for a focal in a necklace, if you wanted the clasp down in front instead of in the back.

This one has a single hole for a strand or wire wrap to attach, and the other two have double holes. They could be connected to a single strand with jump rings, I suppose.

They all have a nice weight to them, not too hefty, but solid.

And the little toggle bars work well, I think. I don't know why I put this off for so long.

What do you think?


Maybe the subject of the GIVEAWAY in the last post should be a toggle like one of these? Will that inspire you to give me some ideas for the button cast replicas?


sasha and max said...

really lovely pieces Lynn, with your special handmade touch - a great success! Vicki :)

SummersStudio said...

Great toggles! I don't know why I put things off either. There is a package of silver clay sitting on my work table that's been there for 8 months :-)

TesoriTrovati said...

You had me. At toggle.
I love them.
I want them.
Now how do I find the money to pay for them? (I hope you will keep making them, so that when my checks from my exhibit start rolling in I can rush right over and buy them up!)
Enjoy the day!

EmandaJ said...

These are super! Yeah, I put off things too. I have a package of silver clay waiting for me also and I just haven't gotten up the gumption to do anything with it. One of these days, though . . . .


LLYYNN - Lynn Davis said...

Yes, LeAnn, I have a package too, and I don't know why I don't just set a day aside to play with it. I know you'd made gorgeous stuff, I hope you get to yours and inspire me, too!

With me and silver clay, I think it's the cost factor that sets me up for stalemate. The price of silver, whew!

LLYYNN - Lynn Davis said...

Erin, I plan to keep making them, so I will have twice the number of reasons to hope your exhibit goes well, tee hee. Thanks for the kind words! I've seen photos of your exhibit pieces, they are GORGEOUS!

quiltingjewel39 said...

Those are wonderful - I just love them. I am so glad you are moved, creating and posting again. I love your work.

Alice said...

Lynn, the toggles are just beautiful! What a great idea to do them first in polymer. You just keep comin' up with awesome pieces!!!!!

Pretty Things said...

those are all SORTS of fabulous!