F is for Findings

6 Apr

In the A to Z Blog Challenge, I am blogging today with a focus on the letter f.  F is for Findings.  What are findings?

Findings are not hard to “find” unless you drop a few of them in deep pile carpet. Findings are small elements that are needed to finish a jewelry project when creating it. It can be referred to in many forms.  A finding can be a hook, a closure, a small metal detail like a protective guardian wire, among a few examples.  Jewelry Findings is an old world term used to describe the components which go into the making of jewelry.

Findings used often in jewelry-making are wire hooks, loops, beads and caps, bead cones, clasps, crimps, charms, head pins, and eye pins to name even more.  Most online sites, books, and stores have organized their Jewelry Findings in a few different ways for viewing and shopping convenience. If you know your material and finish preference, you can navigate by the type of material.  Often offered are precious metal, solid metals, or base metal findings. Categories are then further broken down by types of findings.

Findings are not hard to FIND!

Once you know the type of finding you are looking for, you can decide on the various types of specific earring findings, clasps and toggles, bails and component holders to name more.

Sometimes, a finding is a not so common element needed to complete a project.  As examples, a clasp shortener, eye-glass sling, or pin finding and pin clutch fit into that category.

A shortener clasp finding allows you to convert a long strand of pearls or beads to wear it as a double strand. Also called a twister clasp for twisting multiple strands together.

Adjustable eyeglass slings.

Pins and a clinch clutch are sometimes sold separately. Pin findings have a flat top. Pin clutches have flanges that can be pinched to make the clutch easier to remove from the pin. 

Hand-made simple clasp sample.

Now that you can identify what a finding is, you can perhaps appreciate the functionality and details of findings in jewelry art.  Be sure to check out how I incorporate my findings in created art and see if you can spot a hand-made finding in Club Creative Studio items.

http://www.clubcreativestudio.com

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