Sunday, 15 July 2012

Finding Closure

Visigoth Bronze Buckle
Photographed some time ago - at the V&A I think
I'm making bags at the moment and there is always this challenge about handles and closures.  Quite often a lovely old vintage button does the trick and there are all sorts of ways to tackle the handle issue.  But how to make it look professional. That's the thing.  So I'm looking at all the various kinds of hardware - buckles, D rings, clasps.

You'd go a long way to beat the Visigoth design above.  Although I imagine the weight might be a bit of a problem.  This was designed for something fairly hefty.  The Visigoths sacked Rome in 410 AD and I expect they had a good party on the strength of that, but I doubt there was a lot of call for delicately embellished clutch bags.