I am considering the production of multiple silver, and perhaps down
the line, gold hairpieces. My problem is that I will spend countless
hours on a silver barette, then affix a $1 or $2 nickel-silver
finding to the back of it with epoxy, and it just doesn’t do the
piece justice. I think it looks cheap and unprofessional. So I was
considering handmaking all the findings, and soldering or riveting
them to the top part, but I’m not sure that that makes sense in the
long term, say, perhaps, if I end up making a collection of these
things, and have to produce 50 or even 100 of them. The top part is
a casting, so I was thinking of making my own barette findings and
then casting them, but I was worried that they wouldn’t be the right
temper or have the necessary spring tension when cast.
Does anyone have any suggestions? Do you know of any suppliers of
barette findings who offer better quality than the cheap ones I
bought at Metalliferous marked “made in France”?