Nov 182016

ff hook clasps

You can be certain that one of the first purchases a new jewelry creator will make is for some kind of clasp, unless all they ever plan to make are earrings.

Hook clasps are one of the most basic closures for bracelets and necklaces, but there are many variations on the theme. In today’s video I’ll show you several examples of types of hook clasps, give you some tips for purchasing them, and also show examples of different ways you can use these findings, sometimes not as clasps at all!


This clasp by Karisma by Kara’s Etsy shop is nice enough to use as a focal point.

Here are a few of the clasps I showed in the video as well as a few others I think would be fun to use.

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Choosing & Using Hook Clasps-Friday Findings video at YouTube.

Apr 262012

I’ve been having fun lately, making various kinds of art jewelry for my new Etsy shop, Fancy That Art Jewelry.


These Faux Dichroic Glass necklaces are loosely based on a faux dichro technique Tim Holtz taught in one of his videos.


It’s tough to capture their depth and sparkle on camera.  They’re really quite cool and interesting in real life.


The wire wrapping is simple, but I think it serves to set off the glass pendants nicely.


I’ve also been playing with faux opals.


These are done with polymer clay, perfect pearls and iridescent glittery inclusions.


The dark opals are cool, but I especially love the white ones.


There are also several polymer clay flowers, as well as beaded bracelets in the shop.


As a special thank you to my blog readers here is a coupon code for free shipping on any purchase in the Fancy That Art Jewelry Etsy shop between now and Mother’s day. When you are ready to check out, just click on “apply shop coupon code,” and type ART4U.

Happy shopping and happy creating!


May 142011

Here’s a fun weekend project for you.


Doncha just love those funky red chunks?

knotty beaded bracelet with turquoise rounds and red nuggets

So grab your favorite something to drink, then sit back, relax and watch the how-tos.  Then make sure to grab some beads and make a few!



At the beginning of part three I show a diagram which I promised to post on the blog.  Here it is:

knotty beaded bracelet slider knot diagram

Also, here’s a close up of the slider:

knotty beaded bracelet slider closure close up

And, finally, our finished bracelet again.  Have fun!


If you just gotta have one, but don’t feel like making it yourself, there are a few available in my Etsy shop.