We’re adding a silver cable necklet option to our pendant range and
have a couple of questions. This chain is the first time we’ve used a
bought-in item, as we generally make everything heRe: catches,
earring and brooch findings etc.
Also, some the CONSIGNMENT outlets that we sell at (fine craft and
contemporary jewellery galleries) make a point of prefering handmade
work over factory-made. It’s a pride thing with them, or maybe the
traditional chain look is outside the realm of what they consider
contemporary (although stainless steel cable seems to slip through
the critical net). So in order to sell a factory-made silver cable
necklet through our contemporary jewellery galleries we would need to
make the catch.
- What’s a reasonably quick way to make a bayonet-type catch?
Cutting the slot looks like the tough part. Any tips here? This type
of catch is good with the cable as it continues the stiff ring-like
look’n’feel in the whole necklet. A jump-ring+bolt-catch would not
do. The bayonet catch I’m thinking of is illustrated in the Rio
Grande Gems and Findings catalog Aug 2002 P421, and is basically two
sizes of tubing fitting together, the smaller one is crimped onto the
cable, and an ‘L’ shaped slot is somehow cut into one part, and a
small peg soldered onto the other part. Of course there’s the ‘unique
friction clasp’ shown on the previous page in the catalog, but I’d
rather tackle the bayonet-type catch.
The WHOLESALE outlets that we sell at (museum stores etc) are
probably okay with complete cable necklets. So:
- How can we calculate what markup to put onto a cable necklet?