Welcome to the first edition of Hardware Heaven, a weekly series discussing the exciting assortment of hardware and tools available to you in the bag making world.
Some time during your bag making life you’re going to come across the need to use handbag hardware. Be it a simple magnetic snap, or enough shiny bling to make a magpie cry, you will find yourself faced with the fun, and occasionally intimidating task of purchasing and installing hardware.
This series will discuss the different types of hardware and tools available, and include tutorials on how to use them. We will look at:
Rivets: Both functional and decorative, you will soon wonder where these little treasures have been your whole bag making life.
Magnetic Snaps: The bread and butter of bag closures, magnetic snaps are wonderfully easy to install and can be added to almost any bag.
O-Rings, D-Rings and Rectangular Rings: These gems will open up a whole new world of strap-tastic fun when creating handles and straps for your bags.
Swivel Hooks and Sliders: Beautiful additions to the O-Ring, D-Ring or Rectangular Ring for even more spectacular, and practical, handles and straps.
Twist Locks: These not only add extra security, they will turn your bag from drab to fab within the blink of an eye (or should that be, the twist of a lock?).
Bag Bling and Bag Feet: Finally, if you really want to show off your mad bag making skills, add a little additional bling with these bad boys. They’re sure to impress.
So grab some popcorn, unplug the phone and prepare for the exciting adventure that is Handbag Heaven.
Until next time!