So with those inspirations rattling around in my brain and the need to create a line of clasps scratching it's way to the surface I sat down with my sketchbook.
I pulled out the clay, my lino block carving tool and my favorite sculpting tools and made the molds. It took me a few experiments as I've never made a mold or stamp for the clay. Fun, but I wasted quite bit of polymer clay and mold making stuff in the process, oh well it's part of the journey.
After I had a few molds that I was happy with I threw them in the oven and waited. From the molds I pressed my toggles. After those baked; I painted them and did some surface treatments to create a 'watercolor' effect.
Now in a perfect world at this point I would have whipped out my precious metal clay and created bronze or silver branch toggles. But being kiln deficient, , that didn't happen. So after some brain storming I created a 'branch' from copper that is hammered for texture and antiqued. Here are some of the results:
And a necklace designed with the Spring Willow toggle pendant:
Clasps will arrive attached with a small piece of copper chain that can be removed before adding it to your design: