Wednesday, 18 January 2012
It worked - by accident more than by (conscious) design!
The thing that made the design work so well in practice was pure serendipity - I had a few of these lobster clasps, which are very secure once they're done up but can be a bit of a bother to open and close: I'd previously tried a jump-ring for the other side of the clasp (the part the lobster-claw holds on to), but this method proved a bit fiddly for bracelets, so this time I decided to use an oval-shaped silver link instead. Actually this was mainly because these links were on sale at reduced price in my local bead shop, and I'd bought them for something else entirely which didn't quite work out, but it turned out that the oval shape of the link nicely reflects the oval shape of the blue beads.
Then I attached one more blue bead to the oval link, using a wrapped loop on a silver headpin, and that makes the clasp-side just heavy enough that the biggest bicone always ends up sitting at the top! Also, the bead on the wrapped loop swings nicely around on its oval link, and clicks onto the adjacent blue beads in a very pleasing way, and the movement makes the beads sparkle and shine even more.