Despite the fact that I make my own components for many of my necklaces, I always seem to be short on clasps. I have this tendency to design my pieces - and then lack a solid clasp to finish the piece. Silly, really. Anyway, I thought I'd just fiddle around and make a few new ones, although I don't have any specific design in mind for them, at the moment.
I've been using a lot of simple square sterling toggles in my work lately, and I like their clean, geometric look. So, this time, I threw over my usual preference for circle clasps and spent some time with your basic square and rectangle shapes, instead. I like the results, although, looking at the photo now, the one on the left looks downright sooty, rather than nicely patinated - I'll have to fix that. My favorite is the feather one in the center (the toggle bar is supposed to be a twig, but I'm not sure that actually comes through adequately).
Now my challenge is to see how well they wear. Hmm, maybe it's time to design a few new necklaces...
On other fronts, I can't believe it's October already - ack! This is one of my favorite months, but I have tended to view it's arrival with some trepidation in recent years - as it usually means the clock is ticking to get the Short One's Halloween costume ready. I have surrendered and decided to use felt fabric instead of knitting his Robin Hood hat. It galls me, but I'm just not experienced enough with felting knit hats to get the right size and shape, and at this point, I don't have enough time to experiment with it. Oh, well, I doubt it will matter to the SO.
On a more positive note, Swell Life designer Alexa Westerfield has decided to hold Terrorific Tuesdays again this month. Yay! If you are unfamiliar with this gathering - it's a Halloween-themed crafty blog round-up. I had a great time participating last year. For an example of Terrorific Tuesday projects from 2008, go here. (If you would like to see the rest of the projects from October 2008, they are available in my blog archives.) Look out for Terrorific Tuesday, starting next week!
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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