I think I have mentioned before that I LOVE working with leather and incorporating it into my jewelry. I have boxes of leather. I love the smell, the feel and the look of leather. Sometimes I just pick up a pile of it and bury my nose in it. Kind of strange, I know. I just can’t resist the rich earthy smell.
I can totally feel my vegan readers cringing right now.
It’s difficult to find high quality and affordable findings and components that work with leather. In particular, substantial end caps for thicker strips of leather.
The awesome folks (Amy and Tony) at Hip Chick Beads have designed a really nice glue-on end cap. Hip Chick Beads is known for their artisan sterling silver charms and findings. They have the end cap I wanted in silver which is, as you know, a little expensive. Thankfully, they recently started casting some of their charms and findings in a metal alloy called britannium.
What is Britannium?
Britannium metal is a pewter like alloy that is made up of approximately 93% tin, 5% antimony, and 2% copper. It has a nice silvery color to it and the weight/feel is very similar to a solid sterling piece. I ordered a few test pieces and I am very happy with the look and feel.
Britannium has been around a long time and perhaps it’s most famous use is in the Academy Award Oscar statuettes. The statues are made of britannium plated with gold. Interesting little factoid – isn’t it?
Free Shipping Deal
Hip Chick Beads has a free shipping offer right now so you can try some really awesome britannium charms and findings for a great price. At checkout enter SHIPFREE in the coupon code box. You have to hurry, this offer is only good through Friday the 26th of August at midnight.*