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  • Endcaps, hooks and other matching findings.

    From time to time, when I have accumulated enough very very fine straws, I make corn dolly earrings.

    Picture this - but without the ears, bow and hanging loop



    or more of a blob with longish plaited stalk at the top.

    I thread an endcap (5mm) onto a headpin, insert the pin through the dolly (as though it were a bead) thread on another endcap; make a loop in the headpin and attach jump ring and hook.

    Back in the 70s/80s the only choice was silver finish or gold/gilt finish and silver actually looked better than gold against the straw so that's what I've stuck with.

    However I see that nowadays there's a wider choice of finishes so would like to try something different.

    So where would I go, please, for the required findings all in the same finish - I'd like to try copper or an antiqued finish (not from ebay).

    Very thin spacers are an option instead of endcaps.
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    Hi Elaine

    I was scouting around for something different the other week with different finishes but had terrible trouble trying to find everything I wanted off one site. In the end i got some off e-beads.co.uk and some from spellboundbeads.co.uk (although people say these are expensive I like them). Jillybeads also have quite a few different finishes on their earwires.

    Not sure that helps but just thought I'd mention them.

    Cheers

    Debs
    www.aberjewels.co.uk

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    • #3
      Thanks - I'll go take a look.
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      • #4
        I found 'antique copper' findings at bijoux beads.

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        • #5
          Thanks Melanie - interesting beadcaps but no 4mm jumprings though; never mind I can get the rest from Spellbound.
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          • #6
            What a lovely idea Elaine! I love it when designers push boundaries and come up with interesting ideas.

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            • #7
              I was making drop-shaped earrings and pendants for a few years before I came across a book which had other examples in; some with coiled or looped braids.

              The problem with braids is that all the straw ends have to be stuck into a leaf bail, bellcap or cone - thinking about it there is a wider variety of findings today than there was 30+ years ago, will have to see what I can come up with.
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              • #8
                I've seen corn dollys before but I've never seen them being turned into jewellery, how do you prevent the straw from breaking when you bend it?

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                • #9
                  Soak it in hot water for about an hour, then wrap it in a damp cloth - best used the next day.

                  Here's a large one (about 81cm tall)



                  I did once try the hollow plait technique with wire but I couldn't get a crisp bend at the corners.
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                  • #10
                    It's very clever, how long did it take to make?

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                    • #11
                      About 4 - 5 hours in total, but I don't necessarily make a big one like that all at once. The original version was a bit more complex and made as a gift for a Handfasting.
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