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« on: March 22, 2004 07:21:17 PM »

Okay, so I had (what I thought was) a great, easy idea to use all the pretty trims and alluring ribbons that always tempt me at the fabric store...trim bracelets.  What I'm doing is sewing two types of trim together, one on top of the other, and I was planning to fasten the bracelets with a simple loop-and-ball closure.  I'm really pleased with how they look when assembled...however, I'm having trouble finishing off the ends of the trims, which are incredibly fray-prone.  The bracelets are about 5/8" wide.  So far I've tried the following:

-Glue, both Tacky glue and silicone sealer (looks like crap and/or scratches your wrist)
-Finishing the raw edges with a tight zigzag stitch (the machine just eats the end of the bracelet and makes a mess)
-Folding the raw ends toward the inside and sewing them together (bulky and maddening to maneuver, by machine or by hand)
-Binding the ends with folded ribbon (see "maddening" above and "crappy-looking" above that)

So I'm looking for any advice on an easy, but elegant, finishing method.  I haven't made a lot of jewelry, so I don't know if there are findings out there that might help me - like a fastener that I might crimp around the raw edges? but I'm also happy to consider any sewing or adhesive solutions.  Thanks!

(Edited to add that I'm planning to sell these bracelets.  I understand if you don't want to reveal your secrets for my profit!)
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« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2004 07:30:39 PM »

You could try dipping the ends in a bit of candle wax.  I don't know how that would look, though.
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« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2004 05:57:41 PM »

Try this site.

http://www.nfobase.com/html/ribbon_necklace.html

Its a project for a ribbon necklace and they use cones on the end to secure the ribbon.
Hope its what your looking for. Grin
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« Reply #3 on: March 24, 2004 04:36:00 AM »

Hey, that cone thing might just do the trick (if I can find cones that cost less than $1.29 each, yeesh)!  Thanks!
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« Reply #4 on: March 28, 2004 09:12:00 AM »

I thought I'd post a follow-up on what I came up with for the bracelets.  I was looking in the scrapbooking section of The Paper Source the other day (because I need to start obsessing about yet another craft, yeah!) and I found small brass diary-style clasps.  They reminded me of Moobaa's idea for cones that go over the raw edge, so I picked up a few to try.  They work great!  Really easy and secure, and I like the way they look.

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« Reply #5 on: March 29, 2004 01:43:47 AM »

Hey that looks really really great! Grin

Post a pic of the whole bracelet, it looks interesting.
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« Reply #6 on: March 29, 2004 09:05:39 AM »

Wish I could see the pics.  Sounds cool.

Here's another option:

http://www.rings-things.com/Catalog_Pages/018.htm
See the "Choker clamps" toward the bottom right.  

These things are great!  You add a dollop of glue to keep the ribbon from fraying and for extra insurance on the clamp, then just clamp the metal bit closed on the end.  It gives a nice finished look and a place to attach the clasps.  

I've never used this particular supplier, but I think other people have also recommended this supplier on other threads.  They sell these pieces for $2.25 to $3.00 per dozen depending on the size you want, and they come in three sizes and two colors.  (Silver or gold-toned.)  

This might be similar to what you found, but I can't be sure until I can see your pics.
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« Reply #7 on: March 29, 2004 11:57:50 AM »

Hey, I think those choker clamps might be an even better solution, because I could make them adjustable. Thanks!

Here's a picture of the bracelets proper (sorry it's kind of gigantic):



And here are links to the images, in case they are not displaying properly for many of you.

http://leisureagency.org/Images/fringebraceletdisplay.jpg

http://leisureagency.org/Images/fringebraceletclasp.jpg
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« Reply #8 on: March 29, 2004 07:22:19 PM »

Well, they are displaying just fine now, and those bracelets are adorable!  If you try the clamps and they work out, I'm glad to have helped such a lovely project!
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