Hope you don't mind me chipping in..... I used to do quite a
lot of men's gemstone jewelry a few years ago and would buy my
clip blanks from Myron Tobac on 47th Street. They were about 1"
x 1-3/4" and were solid sterling. I used to solder on a bezel or
a group of bezels and set something nice and masculine like
lapis, malachite, turquoise or tiger eye in them - in about an
18x25 or 30x22. They sold very well for me - particularly when I
started making sets with cuff links and tuxedo studs to match.
Guys would buy whole sets no problem ..... wonder why I stopped
Anyhow, my point is that Myron Tobac were inexpensive enough in
spite of the fact that these were fairly heavy clips that I could
make nice money to keep the bread on the table so I could design.
They also did one with a $ sign in sterling and a smaller solid
blank about 1/2" x 1-1/2". These were not the hinged type, but
the back was curved to present a spring. They didn't damage the
ties and were popular because of that.
Another possibility is to buy all the neat base metal ones you
can find and have molds made and cast your own. I sometimes pick
up old bakelite jewelry or base metal or brass Coro deco pieces
at flea markets and do just that. This is production I'm talking
about - primarily for my cast silver pages.
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