Finish Strong: Enhance Your Jewelry Designs with New Handcrafted Metal Findings
Does this sound familiar? You’re in your groove, making a wonderful bezel pendant or gorgeous earrings, or maybe even some unique handmade chain for a necklace or bracelet. When everything falls into place and your masterpiece is ready, you reach for a clasp or ear wire to finish it off, and then . . .
If your answer is A, you add a mass-produced clasp or ear wire to your design, or B, you have no clasp or ear wire to use at all and have to wait to buy one, or even C, the piece sits on your worktable indefinitely, waiting to be finished with just the right findings–then you need option D! That’s D for Denise Peck’s and Jane Dickerson’s oh-so-handy book, Handcrafted Metal Findings.
When you find yourself without clasps and ear wires, it’s a great feeling when you realize you can make your own instead of waiting for an order or having to go to a store to get one, if such a store is even near you. Plus handcrafted findings elevate handcrafted jewelry to its maximum potential as a completely unique, handmade piece of jewelry.
|Sugar Skill Clasp by Jane Dickerson|
But findings don’t have to be just the pretty back-up dancers–they can be the stars of the show, too. Even a river rock or simple gemstone can really stand out with a special bail, and even a gorgeous strand of gemstone beads or pearls can shine even brighter when finished with a beautiful clasp.
|Dreamy Discs clasp by Jane Dickerson|
Well-designed findings can also cut down your work time when you’re in a rush, as well. The fresh, unique ear wire designs in Handcrafted Metal Findings need very little work or embellishment to turn them into quick but fashionable handmade earrings, perfect for last-minute gifts or affordable designs to fill out your craft show inventory. These ear wires are so pretty that adding a simple wire-wrapped briolette or other bead is all they need. Make a bunch in one afternoon and they’ll be nearly finished but still completely handmade earrings when you need them.
|Bubble Wand Head Pin earrings by Denise Peck|
Alternatively, if you have a stash of purchased charms or gemstone beads that you want to use in earring designs, hanging them from these handcrafted ear wires will make them your own special creations. Denise’s textured ear wires, below, are possibly my favorite project in the entire book. The idea is so simple but brilliant, and I can’t wait to make ear wires just like them! The textured design looks so pretty on the ear.
|Speak to Me Ear Wires by Denise Peck|
Add the perfect finishing touches to perfectly finish your jewelry designs! And you’ll love these touches in particular, from popular jewelry artists like Jane Dickerson, Cassie Donlen, Kerry Bogert, Cindy Wimmer, Keirsten Giles, and of course Denise Peck. Using basic tools and skills you probably already have, including metal stamping, sawing or cutting metal, cold connections, wire wrapping, doming and texturing metal, and others, you’ll learn to make findings such as bead caps, bails, ear wires (including ones featuring special design elements that make your earrings halfway done before you even begin), a variety of toggles and clasps, spacer beads and bars, and fancy head pins.