Aug 7, 2017

Connecting Components

Flower Child Antique Brass
Next to beads, jewelry components can help you add interesting design elements to your finished jewelry pieces. Components that work as connectors to the various elements that make up jewelry are especially useful, and they can come in very simple forms or have extremely elaborate details. Beadshop carries an assortment of connecting components and has recently added new ones to its inventory.

Flower Child Antique Brass is 30mm by 19mm in diameter and has four loops, two at the top and two at the bottom, that you can attach other jewelry elements to such as chain or wire. It is platted brass and hypo-allergenic, and, as always, Beadshop has made sure the plating is free of nickel and lead-safe (which means it meets California Proposition 65 requirements). This connector component is also available in an antiqued copper finish as well as antique silver finish

Boho Bib Antique Copper
For bigger and bolder looks, consider Boho Bib 70mm (pictured above) or Modern Woman 109mm (pictured below).

Modern Woman Antique Brass
Boho Bib comes in three antique finishes: copper, silver, and brass. The term "bib" refers to the fact that you can use this in the center of a necklace so that it hugs around the wearer's collarbone. With 15 loops on one side, this allows you to add a large number of drop elements such as wire wrapped briolettes

Step up the scale with the antiqued finished copper, silver, or brass Modern Woman, which has even more dangle element possibilities since it boasts 42 loops on the curved portion of the component. 

Madrid Gold 19 x 32mm Filigree Connector
If you are more in the mood to create classic style jewelry, then some of the connectors that have been part of the Beadshop site for some time may be a better fit. For example, Madrid (pictured in gold finish) is a beautiful filigree piece. Just use head pins, ear wires, and your choice of beads to make fast earrings that look amazing. 

No matter if you crave boho-chic or fun and flirty, connectors can open up your imagination!

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