Saturday I'm spending the day in my studio working on Christmas gifts. I'm going to be using some of that Overflowing Stash! But fret not, there is a LOT of it! I will draw names from anyone that is listed as a follower of this blog and send out little gifts from the stash. I send one stash gift for every ten comments but commenting is not necessary for entry this time...
One of the things that I always have to decide on when I'm making a piece is what kind of closure I will use. The piece has to be comfortable to wear and easy to take on and off--though I sometimes break that rule for the design! This piece is the closure, an old belt buckle that I found and attached scrunched scrunched sheer silk and grunge sparkle chain.
This closure is a classic that I have made for years. I just curl the wire around my round nose pliers and make the end loop. This is a cast hook but it's pretty easy to make your own.
This is the beefed up style using a strip of metal instead of wire.
I start this one by hammering out some heavy gauge wire--usually 12 gauge bronze--texture, then anneal and bend over a large round nose pliers. On one end add the hook before the wrap.
Next I take a heavy gauge wire or even a strip of sheet metal like above and cover the end. Make sure it's secure by squeezing slowly around and around with your pliers. Move metal slowly and gently to get the best result.
or sometimes I like to wrap it with wire to add some more metal...
And last but not least one of my very favorite closures is a properly aged safety pin.
Have a great week and enjoy "closing" your projects!