PART 2: THE JEWELRY DESIGNER’S ORIENTATION TO OTHER JEWELRY FINDINGS: PART 2: CONTROLLERS AND ADAPTERS

Choosing and Using Other Jewelry Findings: Controllers and Adapters

You have to approach the Jewelry Findings with a large measure of respect. “Jewelry Findings” are all the pieces that you use, including clasps, other than stringing materials and beads. They are called “jewelry findings”, because up until about 15 years ago, many of these pieces didn’t exist. People went to sewing notion stores, antique stores, flea markets, hardware stores, cannibalized old jewelry, wherever, and found things and made them work. Because many of these pieces are new, there is not a consensus on what some of these things should be called, so you have a lot of similarly looking pieces that go by different names. I’m sure over time, the name-game will shake out, and there will be more consistency.

CONTROLLERS:
Things Which Control the Positioning of Pieces or Sections within Your Piece:

SEPARATOR or SPACER BARS

END BARS (can also be used for making earring dangles)

CONNECTORS and LINKABLES

Bead Attach Rings

Beads

There are some beads that are considered a part of the Connector or Linkable family.

Tubes with loops.

ADAPTERS: Things Which Help Adapt Something So It May Be Used Within Your Piece:

BAILS

SCREW EYES

EXTENDER CHAINS

SAFETY CHAINS

HEAD PINS

EYE PINS

Other Articles of Interest by Warren Feld:

Cleaning Sterling Silver Jewelry: What Works!

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