This is one of those ideas that has taken me literally for ever to resolve. It’s been in and out of drawers and pushed to the back of my table far too many times. No more, I need this idea to finish some necklaces I have planned – especially since I personally prefer a shorter necklace length. Can’t go over the head all the time…
I’m also planning to sell some of them (and others) in the shop so you’ll see in the photos that I have left the wire unfinished and sticking out of the mechanism (with some length) so that anyone who buys it to use in their work can make design choices about how it joins on. This may be changed, we’ll see how it goes.
You might be wondering why these are at all novel and it’s this simple feature: the wire stays stationary (attached to your necklace ) while you screw and unscrew the clasp. No more tension on the screw buried in the decorative part of the closure that will cause it to undo...and the closure itself looks more like a bead than anything else.
There is a simple construction/mechanism that I designed ( I hesitate to use the word mechanism because it is very simple) that lets the wire move freely within the bead, but remain securely attached! Very handy. Great for bracelets as well and a bit of a change from a toggle!
There are also some other types of clasps I’ve been working on – these for example. Two arms are joined by a screw and a polymer covered nut joins and secures the two sides.
I have plans for much smaller and more ‘fine-boned’ closures of this type, but I need to source out really good quality tiny machine screw and nuts. Perhaps my optometrist could help me here? Or perhaps you other maker types out there?
Then, there’s this: enough said….
I’ve certainly had an interesting couple of months to start the year. Best described as alternately exciting and frustrating. I have 5 or 6 ideas that are all fascinating to me, but were going nowhere for the longest while. This was one of them! It feels good to have made some progress, because my store has surely suffered for my inability to move forward: this state of mind often moves into other areas that have no reason to be stalled!
Back tomorrow with news of a shop update: it’ll be a big one….also some other big news!