As the year wraps up I like to start looking towards the future and to begin planning projects I would like to create before spring. I always start this process by taking some time to put away the ransacked holiday supplies, to categorize and reorganize my beads, and make an up-to-date mental “inventory” of […]
When I make jewelry I prefer to use sterling silver wire or findings. Though base metal is a great money saver, there is just something so appealing and special about sterling silver that captivates me, so it is my go-to metal every time. It is traditional, it has intrinsic value and it makes me […]
Welcome to our third installment of Clasp Crash Course!
Over the last two weeks I have sung the praises of the illustrious toggle clasp and lobster claw clasp which are the most popular clasps in the beading world. Today, I’m going to highlight a lesser known, but no-less notable clasp, the box clasp. True […]
In our last installment of Clasp Crash Course we discussed the versatility of toggle clasps. Today we are going to talk about a very standard, well-known type of clasp called a lobster claw. The lobster claw clasp’s name is derived from its unique shape. Yep, you guessed it, it is named after its likeness […]
Today I’m going to talk about the versatility of different types of clasps. In the first installment we will focus on everyone’s favorite, the toggle clasp. Toggles are sturdy and reliable clasps. They are beautifully simple, easy to use and will ensure a secure closure for […]
You may not always think to use closed jump rings in your projects, but these great little findings are perfect for the other side of a clasp for lobster claw clasps, spring rings, hooks, etc. They’re also fabulous for finishing off bead weaving projects. There’s no risk of a thread slipping through the […]