by Patrick P.
(State Collge, PA)
Forged aluminum clasp, found flange with aluminum tube rivet.
Aluminum riveted forged curled-clasp with a hand forged, aluminum riveted clasp bar.
Aluminum is a soft (which I knew) metal, so two of the rivets spread-out a few millimeters.
This is the first time I made a clasp that was not store-bought.
Of course, with anything made for the first time, you find out later what works and what does not.
I am self-taught, so some of the technical aspects do not present, until I am in the middle of making something.
However, this is the first time making a simple clasp, and the second time I riveted.
I really wanted all aluminum.
Even if the tone or hue is washed out, I tried to make up the difference with a hammered texture.
Overall, I am extremely pleased, however, not sure if I would use aluminum for rivets.
I WILL use aluminum for the bar and the curl.
It is easy to work with, and I like the texturing better than if I used silver or copper.