WeekendMiniaturist Posted September 6, 2014 Share Posted September 6, 2014 if you look at ebay item #310929210799 I want to make or find a metal purse clasp in 1/12th scale. I purchased one of Janet Granger's kits and spent a couple of weeks of evenings stitching it and it seems so sad to sew the purse closed, so I would really like to have a purse clasp that opens. It doesn't have to look like this - I just needed to post something so members would have some idea about what I want to make. Don't you just love cabinets where the drawers move in and out? Same goes for petit point purses; I want one that I can open. I just went to the recent Chicago Show, the Little Dollhouse Shoppe (Canada) had this incredible hinged ruler, so I could use this for the sides (vertical) but would need to make horizontal part. I'm not even close to a metals- student- level- of- knowledge, so keep this in mind. If I took a metal brake, and attempted to bend some very, very thin brass, I could in theory soldier the bent brass with silver solder to my vertical sides cut from my hinged ruler. I can go to the Railroad store and look for the thinnest brass sheets... would almost need it to be cardstock weight. First, before I brake the brass to make the shape, I want to drill little holes so I can sew the frame to my Petitpoint Purse. Do I need a special drill bit, of course I can try the ones I have, but not especially fond of killing a drill bit just for the experience, if someone already knows the general one that I have purchased for wood, ie Micromark, etc, will not work on brass. I only have silver solder that I have used for electrical purposes that I purchased from Radio Shack. Do they make silver solder in brass color? Would it be easier to epoxy? But if solder works better on a long term basis, I would prefer to solder. Can I solder aluminum to brass? I can do my practice runs with aluminum cans. (I think the hinged ruler was made by someone from Spain and is wonderful quality. It is hinged with tiny, tiny o. ) Any suggestions are much appreciated...Is my plan reasonable? If I can't make a purse clasp that opens... what kind of wire would be 'springy' for a purse top that measures 5/8" of an inch (about 15 mm)...? But wouldn't it need something at each end to provide tension so it would spring? I look forward to your responses. Tamra/Indiana Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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