Wednesday, June 22, 2011

This post brought to you by the letter S.

So here's a spiffy little upcycled jewelry idea, which came upon me during an unscheduled, severely boring stop at the auto supply store.  (My husband knows not to take me very often - the same way I don't drag him to bead emporia.)

Are you familiar with S-shaped clasps?  They're quite traditional, especially with certain kinds of ethnic jewelry.  They can be anything from very simple to very ornate.

Now see what I found at the-store-of-boring-things-and-chrome-ladies-with-frankly-impossible-proportions:

S-shaped carabiners.  In the prettiest colors!  I saw them again at a camera shop, and online at a sporting goods chain.  What a nifty, high-tech way to update the traditional S-clasp!

In those examples, I matched the clasp to the necklace colors.  Green with green, purple with purple, right?

But there's no reason at all you can't get playful with color...

Or experimental with length.

And then - mini drum roll? - there's this idea.


See ya!


  1. I didn't even know they made mini carabiners? Cool beans.

    I would also like to note that my spell check does not recognize Carabiners, so I might be commenting about people from the Caribbean. Forgive me.

    Nifty stuff. I have a big neck, so I wouldn't mind picking up a few of these just as simple extenders too. Neato!

  2. S for Stefanie? Hell yeah, count me in!

  3. Stupendous, serendipidous, salivacious!!! I've seen small carabiners before but never this small. these are super-small and perfect as jewelry elements! that last one is beyond awesome though. I LOVE IT!

  4. How did you know how to SPELL that word??? Is it in spell check??? WOW====Love the necklace. Where do you get the big metal letters??? BEAUTIFUL!!!!

  5. Sensational! I love it! I want it! LOL
    Nice work, as usual.

  6. nice ideas I love the last one is amazing!!!!
    the colored one is so beautiful:-)

  7. didnt know that these were called that...thats how spell bound by ur idea...reminds me of what my professor was telling me yesterday - design is simple, we just need to simply it

  8. Cool hun!!! I haven't seen this S-shaped carabiners..i love the colors so beautiful....

  9. another great find! jewelry components are everywhere, I seriously believe that and I know you do too Michelle!

  10. You did it again! I think I might have to hang out in the isles of the hardware store more often. I hope the dollar store isn't jealous. My favorite is the last necklace.

  11. That's so ugly. Just because you are coming up with new ideas doesn't mean it has to be ugly and chunky like that.

  12. Cool ideas - I particularly like the S.

  13. Finally i am 4m exams.. :)
    well love this S's posting..Lots of SSSSSS
    you know i study last day about test developing procedure & there was a theory of triple S theory..Simple,Strait,Selective..anyway..i like it specially the cute beads :)

    P.S,some anonymous write its UGLY??what's ugly???No way its super dooper cute..

  14. I like the chunkyness!! LOVE the SSSSSs necklace! Great work as always!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  15. Great Idea!
    New follower saw you on the wednesday blog Hop. karima x

  16. brilliant, good thing your husband took you along! love the S necklace and thanks for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday!