Friday, 20 September 2013

New clasps...

I have been on the hunt for a loooong time for different types of clasps for bracelets without the pewter / silver decorations (Sami), so after looking at various source I have finally got some.

This is a magnetic silver zamak clasp suitable for 13mm width of flat leather.
The blue is reindeer leather and is therefore quite soft. The picture makes the clasp look very goldish but it is as silver as the rest of the clasps.

 This olive reindeer leather bracelet is fastened with a magnetic silver clasp, suitable for flat 10mm leather.

The red reindeer was a bad choice for this silver clasp as it is more suitable for 15mm leathers, not 12.5mm which the leather band is.

From the Kangaroo leather I have a few more different clasps:

 This purple kangaroo (a very strong purple) is fastened with a hammered silver magnetic clasp, suitable for 10mm flat leather.

 The red kangaroo, and boy do I love this bright and vivid colour, is fastened with one of my favourites. I have used this clasp with a red salmon bracelet earlier. It sits really nice on the arm and I have clasps suitable for either 10mm or 13mm (this one).

 Tan kangaroo is also strong in its colour and is fastened with a stainless steal clasp, not magnetic.

How white isn't this white kangaroo?? The photo is a little dark because if I lighten the photo the white leather becomes too bright in the picture. The clasp is a zamak silver (all Zamak comes from either Portugal or Spain) and is magnetic. It is best suited for 15mm flat leather.

All the different clasps, and I still haven't shown you all of them yet, can be used for all the different coloured reindeer and kangaroo leather. The kangaroo leather bracelets tend to be more sturdy and rigid bracelets than the reindeer which are softer and thinner. I guess it boils down to taste and preference. 

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

A match in heaven...

What is more a match in heaven than using Australian kangaroo leather in Scandinavian Sami design jewellery?!
Have just had a play around with my new beautiful coloured kangaroo leather and it works absolutely fantastic with the Sami traditional as well as the contemporary designs.
I have especially two designs in mind, when integrating the two and that is with the Stockholm design. Now these colours look lovely on white reindeer leather or just by themselves without the back leather.

I have finished a Stockholm bracelet with yellow kangaroo leather on white reindeer leather. To finish the bracelet off, a silver clasp does a really good job giving it the extra touch.

Here are a sample of the some of the colours that will be available in the kangaroo leather. Mind you that they are not finished pieces yet.

 The top is a blue and the bottom a purple.
Looking here at yellow, red and a jade. The colours are somewhat deeper than shown above. Very hard to capture the true colours of the leathers. There will also be a dark chocolate, turquoise and white to start with.

I just love these colours! Have to make myself a yellow one for summer! Interesting, we sold at Nordliving 4 yellow (same type of yellow as this kangaroo) clogs sandals. They looked stunning on the feet and I have a feeling yellow will be an 'in' colour for summer. Better stock up on material I think :)

The unfinished pieces will become bracelets with similar suitable clasps as the one in the top picture.
I will also make matching necklaces to these. I wear my blue one daily and am amazes how many compliments I get from it.

The difference to this blue one is that the new pieces will not have the leather around the ends but finished off with the silver clasps instead. I think they will look even better so.

Also, these necklaces can be made to any length :)
Time to work. xx