To my mind, when designing a piece of jewelry, selecting a clasp is as important as, and in some cases more important than, designing the focal (and, of course, in some cases the clasp is the focal). I'm always looking for unusual clasps and ways to finish my pieces. I thought I'd share a few beautiful finds, all made by the lovely folks at Green Girl Studios.
If you are a beader (and if you aren't, I hope you feel entirely welcome, but - how in the world did you find me?), you have probably already heard of Green Girl Studios and, chances are, you may already have a number of their beads in your collection. However, if you are like me, when you visit their booth at a show or surf their on-line catalog, your palms sweat, your vision blurs and you are so completely overcome by the sheer volume of beautiful beads in front of you that, inevitably, the circuits in your brain overload and you miss a few things. If so, might I suggest adding a few of these beautiful shibuichi clasps to your list, for the next time you shop with Green Girl Studios?
I love all of these - they are perfectly thought out, beautifully executed (not to mention just plain beautiful) and supremely functional, all at the same time. (Expect to see these in my finished jewelry in the near future.) They make my fingers itch to bead. In fact, I think I'll go get my beading board right now...
I am an intellectual property lawyer by training and have a background in English Renaissance literature. I love science fiction. I primarily watch Sesame Street these days and find myself humming "Pop Goes the Weasel" at odd moments (guess why). I can happily eat ice cream in the middle of winter when the wind chill is 20 below 0. I have been making beads and designing jewelry since 2007.
2010 - Winner, First Place, British Bead Awards, Other Finished Bead Jewellery 2010 - Winner, Second Place, British Bead Awards, Metal Clay Jewellery 2010 - Winner, Second Place, Bead Dreams, Metal Clay
2010 - Grand Prize, Gold Medal Winner, Fire Mountain Gems and Beads, Metal Clay, Metal Beads, Wirework and Chain Jewelry-Making Contest
2010 - Finalist, Bead Star, Stones, Plastics and Designs with Heart Categories
2009 - Winner, First Place, British Bead Awards, Metal Clay
2009 - Winner, Second Place, British Bead Awards, Beyond Glass, Handmade Beads and Components
2009 - Winner, Second Place, Bead Arts Awards, Necklace
2009 - Finalist, Bead Dreams, Metal Clay
2008 - Finalist Fire Mountain Gems and Beads Beading Contest, Metal Clay
2008 - Finalist, Bead Star, Pearls
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