I was at a bead show, hunting through a box of sterling silver clasps when I found it - a beautiful, huge, toggle clasp that looked like a quilled, eight petaled flower. I make a lot of gemstone jewelry, and my mind immediately began processing all the ways I could use the amazing clasp in a beaded design, with the clasp obviously meant to show in the front.
And then the more I thought about it, the more I just wanted to highlight the clasp itself. My mind came up with simpler and simpler designs. Until I realized what I wanted was to not use the "bar" part of the clasp at all, and instead convert the "flower" part into a pendant. So that's what I did, and hung the pendant on a simple chain. (The "circle " portion of the clasp is bigger than a quarter, more like the size of a dollar coin.) I get more compliments on this thing ...
Which is great. I have a lot of jewelry with "spiral" or "coil" themes, which is no surprise at all. And I also have a number of findings and components with that theme, as well, for making new jewelry. I have a few new projects in mind, so keep your eyes on the blog for when they appear.
Image Credit: My pic of my necklace.