Sometimes it's just hard to find the right toggle. Don't you think?
I'm working on a special project, and thought it would look nice to have a toggle to match the necklace design I'm working on. I've always admired the beautiful toggle clasps by Mary Harding and other clay artists, but haven't actually tried my hand at them until now.
So I just went for it, and took out my clay and started browsing my tools and molds and got started. I chose some of my favorite templates that I've used for years for my earrings and pins etc. I made them by drawing their shapes on stencil paper, then using an X-acto knife to cut out the shapes. I've found that file folders work as well as stencil paper. I rolled out the clay, then cut the shapes with a clay cutting tool.
After pressing the shapes into the molds, it makes the edges of the piece unruly, so I put the template over the piece again, and re-cut it to make the edges even.
Once I had my toggle pieces, I inserted some high fire wire loops into the edges of the toggles, and the reverse of the toggle bars.
So first thing this morning I headed out to the kiln and I'm firing them up! I'll be back for part two once I glaze them. See you then!