Sunday, March 7, 2010

Fabulous Findngs from Unexpected Sources

I'm always on the lookout for findings to use in my jewelry designs and, of course, can find them in the usual places - craft and hobby stores.  What about interesting, unique, one of a kind findings?  I haven't sewn for a very long time - at least 20 years - but lately I've been looking in the sewing and button sections of fabric stores and have found some great stuff to use as findings.  You can alter and repurpose what you find with ink, polymer clay, wire, and paint.  Here's a collection of my latest finds - snaps and hooks.

These I like just as they are.
These metal hooks will get a customized look with alcohol inks.  You can use any combination of colors you need to match beads or other elements of your design.  I did coat these with a protective varnish.

These larger hooks with tiny jump rings attached I'll cover with polymer clay and a decorative cane.  Texture the sides that don't have the cane on them for a more finished look.

And here's the finding in a completed look.


  1. I was interested to see your suggestion of using alcohol inks on the metal findings. Do you just paint it on?

    Nice blog!

  2. Hi Cara, I just use the felt blotter I bought with the alchohol inks to apply the color. You could use a makeup sponge or Q-tip.

  3. I just love what you've done with "stuff". I love collecting all sorts of findings and find the use of the alcohol inks intriguing. I must give this a try! Thanks for sharing.