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The Humble Endcaps

The Humble Endcaps

This is the beginning. Industrially mass-produced raw brass endcaps. These are most commonly used to ‘cap’ loose ends of ropes or threads when making jewellery or other accessories. I wanted to use a half-dozen of these for a necklace design I made last year, so I jumped online to purchase some from a company based in China. The smallest quantity I could order was 1000 units. Which meant that I was left with 994 endcaps. Sitting in a cardboard box on the floor of my jewellery studio. I didn’t know what to do with them, but I didn’t really have a good reason to throw them away either.

Eventually an idea come to my mind… why not create an entirely new jewellery collection, using these endcaps as a starting point? I wondered about the possibilities, and ideas began to flow…

bag of endcaps

So I had some fun sketching… then playing with some colours…

process

I quite liked the twin-barrel ring form, so I decided to go with it. I made a wax mold which protruded from the endcaps, made silicon molds to create colourful shapes in polyurethane.

double dip ring

And this is just the beginning! I’ll post some more images up as the TEC project progress.