I have a passion for handmade findings, I started making my own many years ago because I felt that the commercial ones available let my designs down.
This is my latest – Hammered sterling silver toggle clasp.
Handmade Sterling Silver Toggle – £11
It starts off as a sheet of silver, I punch out the circles, sand the edges and give it a hammered texture. The toggle bar is made by balling the end of a piece of silver wire, forming the toggle and giving the ends a gentle curve.
Here’s the toggle on a bracelet of faceted amazonite.
GIVEAWAY – I’m running a give away on my website (ends Friday 3rd April 2015), just click on either of the images for details on how to enter the draw.
This is the first of a series of new toggle clasps, follow my blog or like my FB page to be the first to hear about the next one.
New Toggle Clasps
I really prefer using handmade clasps rather than commercially mass produced ones, I know sometimes you can’t avoid but I like to come up with designs for clasps that go with handmade jewellery.
These are my new clasps, they have all been texture using a rolling mill, two with texure plates (I’m calling them Wild Garden & Blossom) and the leaf with a natural leaf skeleton.After texturing I cut them to shape then punch the toggle hole and then dome them. The toggle bar is simply made from wire and hammered and sanded smooth.
You’ll find them in the New Items section on my website – http://www.lavidalerie.com/NewItems.html or by clicking on the photo above and I can make them in silver too!
I made some connectors to match – just add ear wires and beads if you want extra dangle
Chickens Nests in the Road
Each year after the snow leaves us a strange sign appears on our road warning of “Nids de Poule!” or chickens nests ! The first year we saw the sign we drove ever so carefully to avoid the nests only to find it’s just the French sign for pot holes ! It still makes us laugh each year when the signs are put up 😉