This month, the Component of the Month for the Art Jewelry Elements team was by Niky Sayers - she sent us fun farthing clasps! I love her work - you can find her jewelry etsy store here - and her coponent store here - and was thrilled with the clasp. As usual, I forgot to take a photo of it on it's own before I started making something, so here's Niky's photo!
And here's the one I received!
When I received it in the mail, I knew I wanted to make the clasp the centerpiece, and wanted to have a multi-strand bracelet. I immediately thought of making many strands of seed beads and went to work looking on etsy for some beads that appealed to me. I finally settled on the set here - they are called Olive Picasso Travertine and I purchased them from Beachartz on etsy.
So, as I made the bracelet, I decided that three strands were probably enough, given the size of the beads and the size of the clasp, and the size of my time! So, in general, I like the bracelet and would wear it. What I don't like is seeing the crimp beads, which I'll fix by adding crimp bead covers. However, I really am not satisfied with the way I have attached the strands to the clasp. I think there has to be a better way. Here's a photo of what I made:
I need to make a better "eye" for the hook, so if anyone has some ideas I'm all for them. I don't like how you can see it when the bracelet is closed.
I also have other ideas now, and may just take this apart and use some of my favorite gemstones instead of multi-strand seed beads. But that will be for another day! Please check out what everyone else made this month! And thanks for stopping by!