This week we visit the studio of jewelry designer, Lorelei Eurto.
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Welcome to my very first Studio Saturday! I'm glad you stopped in! Lately, I've been wondering why I ever called my personal blog, Inside the Studio, because I rarely talk about what's going on in the studio, so this is a great opportunity for me to actually discuss where the inspiration is coming from, and what exactly it is that I'm working on.
This past week, I was able to work on several new designs that feature clasps at the forefront. After browsing through some of my sold jewelry, I realized that I really implement this design in my work a lot, but never seem to talk about why it is or how I come to this design when I'm in the midst of beading.
There are many reasons why a designer places the clasp at the front. In this case of this first simple charm necklace, I placed the Vintaj Brass swirly hook clasp at the front because it works well with the large 15mm jump ring that that charms dangle on. It also creates a nice flow up and around the back of the necklace, creating a comfortable piece.
Sometimes it's because the clasp is interesting or a work of art in and of itself! Here, I used a beautiful Shibuichi bronze Bird toggle from Green Girl Studios. This piece has to be in the front of the necklace, because it's an eye catcher, and you wouldn't want to hide in the back of the necklace! Although, with this piece, any part of the necklace could be the front, so in reality if the wearer, had her hair up, an eye-catching clasp could be interesting at the back of the neck.
Placing this handmade toggle at the front of this necklace created a more cohesive piece and helped provide a nice flow around the back. The design with these seed beaded links, doesn't need to be interrupted with a clasp at the back. Using a toggle makes it easy to hang the main pendant or focal from the toggle ring. Here, I've used a jump ring and attached it to the hole in the hammered ring. See the detail.
Here, I created a necklace similar to the first charm necklace where the focal dangles from a large 15mm jump ring. Instead of the swirly hook, I used a handmade S clasp that hooks into an additional smaller jump ring that is attached the larger ring. One thing to keep in mind when creating your own clasps and using the clasps at the front, you don't want to take attention away from the focal, so keep the clasp smaller, will help blend it into the design. I usually gauge it on how wide the necklace is where the clasp is attached and keep the clasp at that same width.
The question this week is,
What is your favorite way to incorporate a clasp as the focal in your designs?
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