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SoftFlexGuy
« on: February 23, 2005 02:50:56 PM »

Greetings all,

     I just wanted to post some of my necklaces to see what everybody thought. Please give me honest opinions. The pieces are all designed to be worn by men. So far, alot of people have told me I ought to opt for lobster clasps rather than toggles. What do you think? I am designing them for myself and not to sell, but would like ideas on how I can improve them or if they look alright as is...

http://www.photodump.com/direct/SoftFlexGuy/ResizedNECKLACETHREE-CLOSEDCLASP315.jpg

http://www.photodump.com/direct/SoftFlexGuy/ResizeNECKLACETWO538.jpg

http://www.photodump.com/direct/SoftFlexGuy/ResizeNECKLACEONE569.jpg
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« Reply #1 on: February 23, 2005 06:20:53 PM »

Those are really awesome!

I'd wear them, I am a girl (thought I'd clarify that, apparently people get confused), although I think they're pretty unisex. But at the end of the day, all that matters is if you like them.

On the clasp question I think everyone has their own preference as to what they like to use and wear. I like toggles for their asthetic qualities( I think they look awsome) but don't really have much experience with them. I'd use what you feel comfortable using, If you've had no trouble with toggles, stick with them for now.

Hope this helps, I think it sound a bit rambly and caffinated,
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« Reply #2 on: February 25, 2005 12:14:14 PM »

Really cool, personally I like the second one more, mainly 'cause I prefer cold colors, but the first looks more "male" so to speak Wink
Couldn't see the images until I checked the sourcecode and opened the img-links in a different window though - after that they popped up here as well
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« Reply #3 on: February 25, 2005 01:48:27 PM »

Wow,

   My pictures are acting pretty dodgy. I can see them some days and not others. Well, hopefully they work for the rest of you. Thanks for the comments so far.   Grin
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« Reply #4 on: February 25, 2005 02:15:53 PM »

I really like the last one! maybe you should just post the links
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« Reply #5 on: February 25, 2005 04:35:09 PM »


Hiya SoftFlexGuy!

Hey forget 'male' -- I'd definitely wear a coupla those myself -- first because I adore toggles (my favorite clasp type) and second because I really like the design & colors in the third necklace & in the last one up there.

I'm wondering, whereabouts do you live, and do men there wear that type of necklace?
We must be in an extremely conservative / fashion-backward area  -- well duh okay it IS "The Rural Wilds"! Only very rarely around here do I notice a male of any age wearing so much as a plain gold or silver chain, never mind something in colored beads with a fancy clasp.

As for whether or not the toggles are ok ... guess you'd have to judge that according to how 'au courant' the guys in your area are?

Just me personally, I like toggle closures for being easy to open/close but also for this reason :

A plain lobster claw or a plain spring clasp isn't supposed to be seen.  It's just kinda, well, PLAIN (sometimes kinda ugly too).  When a necklace with that type of clasp shifts around (and they allllways do!) , I'm always havin' to shove it around so the clasp is nicely hidden at the back of my neck.

With a toggle who cares! It's attactive. It's often quite interesting. When in front or at the side it's almost like a focal point.  I don't care if everyone sees it & in fact I often 'prefer' having it in front or at the side instead of at the back.

And I think maybe some guys might see it that way too -- the less fidgeting needed, the better?
However ... it's also possible that some might consider a nice big heavy plain "S clasp" perhaps a bit more 'masculine'-looking than a toggle?
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« Reply #6 on: February 27, 2005 07:09:40 PM »

Hey Ayn,

Could you explain an "S clasp" a bit better for the ignorant?

And I agree that toggles are beautiful.

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« Reply #7 on: February 28, 2005 10:23:20 AM »

Ayn,

   Wow. Thanks for the glowing post. I like the toggles, but most people think they look out of place. I just wanted to get some second opinions. I have seen a couple of necklaces where they were used as focal pieces, but these were all ladies necklaces. Maybe I will try a male version sometime.
   Where is the "Rural Wilds"? I can think of a couple places I have been to that could take that title, but none that were actually tagged with that name.  Wink
    I live in Arizona. For the most part, the area I live is fairly forward thinking. I live near a large college, so it is not hard to find a guy who wears a necklace here and there. I like beading necklaces more than I like wearing them. I have also taken to making men's bracelets. I am more fond of earrings than anything else. I have double-aught gauged eyelets in each ear and there is a lot of there room to customize.
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« Reply #8 on: March 02, 2005 05:49:19 AM »


Hi Ralph!

Heyyy *nobody* here at Craftster is ignorant & 'specially not YOU, lol ... we're all simply "in the process of learning."

Okay below you'll see a whole bunch of sterling S clasps so you can see what they look like -- and FMG is only one of many many possible sources online.  Local crafts stores or specifically-'bead' shops should have a few styles too.
Although S clasps might be available in other metals, in my experience it's really best to use sterling. Possibly also copper that is if you can find any in copper.  ...
and as you can see from the simplicity of the style, yep it's perfectly possible to make your own S clasps out of thickish copper or sterling wire (that is, wire with a fairly LOW gauge number; the higher the gauge number, the 'thinner' the wire) :

http://www.firemountaingems.com/shopping.asp?skw=KWCLASPSTERLINGSSHAPE


Hi again, Softflexguy :

heehee well of course the area in Virginia where we somehow for some reason managed to retire is not actually 'named' "The Rural Wilds" -- that's just what I always call it.

Having lived & travelled in quite a few different places in the US & other countries before retirement though, hub & I definitely know what you mean about the term being readily applicable to mannnnnyyy different areas, lolol.

Arizona's just an amazingly interesting state; we always found it to be beautiful & inspiring in many different ways.  And yes like a couple of others among our western states it always seemed to me to be quite trendsetting & 'fashion-forward' especially in the jewelry arts.

And ooo do you get to go to the huge Tucson gem/jewelry wingding every year?!?! If so I'm juuuust insaaanely jealous!!
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« Reply #9 on: March 03, 2005 03:02:08 PM »

Thanks Ayn,

for the info and affirmation, I feel all fuzzy now!

I  really want to start usng s clasps now, they are so beautiful!

Sorry to hijack this post, I love the necklaces too, the reason I keep checking this post is to keep looking at them. Post some of your other jewellery too so we can absorb your brilliance.

-Ralph
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« Reply #10 on: March 09, 2005 07:05:37 PM »

Hmmm, I love the necklaces. Whoever said anything about lopster clasps could be right. Males have bigger fingers than girls, so it would be hard and fidgity to get those toggles to work. Lopster claps would be a better option, atleast in my opinion.

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« Reply #11 on: March 30, 2005 10:20:56 PM »

Very cool stuff...I've made guy's jewlery but it just doesn't seem to sell...though my boyfriend asks for a new necklace every now & then. I see boys on campus wearing hemp or surfer-type jewelry, but I guess they just don't make it to the shops/shows where I sell my stuff, go figure! As for the clasp debate...I use both lobster and toggle...I think the lobster are more secure, but the toggle are way better for heavy pieces, especially bracelets. It is a matter of personal preference, though. When I do a show, I always bring all my findings & wire, because inevitably someone will love the item but hate the clasp.
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« Reply #12 on: March 30, 2005 10:54:06 PM »

quite lovely.  i've heard a lot of guys prefer the lobster claw clasps because they are likely to put on a necklace and leave it on, so it feels less like it could come apart.  Also, the claw type clasps are less obvious if your jewelry tends to flop around a bit and you wind up with the clasp in the front.  Anyone know how to prevent that?
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« Reply #13 on: April 13, 2005 05:49:20 AM »

i LOVE these.  as far as the clasp debate, if you are making them for yourself go with the clasp you like wearing.  i think the toggle looks great.  i have never worn jewelry with a toggle though, i like to wear stuff with lobster clasps because i don't change my jewelry and i like for them to feel like they are securely on.
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« Reply #14 on: April 13, 2005 06:37:06 AM »

I've been afraid to use toggles for necklaces since I made one for a friend and somehow it slipped off while she was wearing it, and she never even noticed.  They make me nervous now, though I love the way they look.

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« Reply #15 on: April 19, 2005 12:12:58 AM »

It seems that if the piece is heavier, a toggle is ok cuz gravity keeps it together...but I wouldn't be doing jumping jacks or anything crazy like that...though I did wear a bracelet I made to a concert and it survived the clapping & other craziness with flying colors...I draw the line at those cheap spring clasps, though...they fail all too often
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« Reply #16 on: April 26, 2005 02:09:40 PM »

I absolutely LOVE the second one, with the green and silver and black...it's very beautiful! Smiley
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