It takes a Head …

It takes a head to get ahead – or in this case – to finish this pendant! Isn’t this fun! You can add a head that you make in polymer clay, or a collaged resin pendant with a face, or a lampwork bead … … or, if you have the sort of twisted sense of humor I have – a Swarovski skull! You can also dress them – make little beaded outfits, hats for whatever you choose as a head, and one hand even has a hole so you can make a little beaded purse to hang from it. I’m …

Faux Gold Colour Match

We got a good question last night – what is the best color match in findings for the new faux gold from Parawire? So here we go – grab a roll of wire and head over to the findings counter in the store, which is sorted by colour, like the website. Antiqued Brass – it looks nice with it – but is definitely not a match. Bright Brass – this is a really nice match, very good together.   Here is it with the gold plated – it’s good – close, but not quite as good as the brass. It …

Clasping at Straws – Different Styles of Clasps

Let’s talk clasps. There are 4 main styles of clasps, and a few oddities that are hard to categorize. The basic styles are: spring closure hook and eye toggle box clasp Oh, and the orphan and unloved barrel clasp. Ptui. oo – and magnetic clasps too! The spring closure is usually some sort of ring or loop, with a movable opening, that allows you to hook it onto something, and then closes up – so that it doesn’t come undone. The most basic of these is the spring ring. Inexpensive and it gets the job done. However, it can be …

Hanging Around

Necessity is the mother of invention – there is probably no truer an axiom on the planet. Mostly, we invent new things and new ways of doing things because we need to. 😉 So – I was out of bails one day … and had already wired up the pendant, and the loop was too small for the chain. I didn’t have a jumpring big enough or sturdy enough – but I did have some of these “S” shaped clasps. So I used that to attach the pendant to the chain. And it works really well – and now it’s …