Jan 132009

I was working on a bracelet using some scrumptious rubies from The Earth Bazaar yesterday, and thought long and hard about what to do for a clasp.

A nice swirl or S clasp would have worked, but just didn’t have the “oomph” that I wanted to add to this bracelet.

I remembered Lisa Niven Kelly’s “Tornado” clasp, and thought I could try something similar using my wire wrapping skills.

I had a plain toggle clasp that I’d gotten from Artbeads.com a while back, and decided to make it sparkle using 30g sterling wire, tiny rubies (also from T.E.B.) and 3mm sterling silver round beads.

Basically, I just wrapped the rubies and silver beads around the front of the ring of the toggle. I didn’t plan out any design, just added beads as I went along, and used the wire to stabilize the beads in place.

Wrap, wrap, wrap…and I love the result! The bar for the toggle still fits well through the ring, and snugs up nicely when worn. Since the toggle is now weighted down with stones and beads, it stays at the inside of the wrist – although I wouldn’t mind if it slid up to the top either!

I’m thinking about doing a few more of these, maybe even use for a focal on a necklace. The wrapping wasn’t horribly difficult (although I do have wire cuts all over my fingers!) and the results are really unique.

Sep 252008

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Aug 082008

I had a nice surprise in my inbox the other day – a 10% off coupon for Crafts, Etc., the online version of Hobby Lobby stores. Since I’d signed up for their newsletter several months ago, they sent me this promotion to use during my birthday month (August). I decided to give Crafts, Etc., a try.

I went to the online store, browsed the (limited) selection of sterling silver products and found a couple of multi-strand clasps that I could use. I applied my birthday coupon, and clicked the button to check out.

Imagine my dismay when the shipping and handling fee showed up as nearly 50% of my total order! Two small, fairly lightweight clasps were going to cost $6.95 to ship…and the clasps were only $15.00 with my birthday discount!!!

No thanks, Crafts, Etc., I’ll shop at a store that offers free shipping (Artbeads.com) or $5 FedEx shipping (FireMountainGems.com) and has loads more to choose from.