Monday, February 17, 2014

When a Ficcare is more than just a clip

I've tinkered in the past with customizing Ficcares.  My first foray was was antiquing my own Silver Primavara so that the recesses were black.  I've since done this for several people, layering primer, black enamel, and finally a clear coat in the recesses of the clip:

The scariest thing about doing work like this is how expensive the base clip is.  Messing it up is a constant fear and took me a long time to get over.

From there, I started applying designs and sealing them with clear enamel:

The Innocence of Death Black Lily Ficcare:

Elanor Lothlorien Flower Large Ficcare Hair Clip:

Foxglove Ficcare:

Butterfly Lover Ficcare:

Garden Sanctuary Ficcare:

These are a lot of fun, but obviously the application of the design is tricky and then there's the many enamel coats.  It's very important to do several thin coats to get an even finish.  The primary issue with any Ficcare modification is that the clip itself flexes.  This is why the teeth soldered to the underside tend to crack at the solder joint so often.  That bend of the clip is what flexes the most, and the teeth just don't flex with it.  An enamel coating, or any other modification, that can't flex, is going to crack and peel.  This is why some of the border collections have colors that will peel right off, the enamel isn't flexing as much as the clip is.

In the past I'd also done a few clips with epoxied gears, and while it held, I still wanted a better method of attaching three dimensional components:

Timelesness Silver Steampunk Ficcare:

Another Timelessness:

But now I think I've found the best way to add three-dimensional components to a Ficcare, rivets.  They're smooth on the back, subtle on the front, and let me do things like this:

The Evenstar Ficcare isn't perfect, at least not sale-quality.  It was a learning experience, but I'm excited and think I'll have a lot to be creative with in the future.


  1. I love the Evenstar one! It is so pretty! I'd buy it right away!

    I've never been a huge fan of ficcares, but your's are so beautiful! *-*

  2. Thank you so much! I have so many ideas :) At the moment I have both a Lorien Leaf and an I Sang of Leaves Ficcare in the works, too!

  3. Oooh these are SO incredibly beautiful!! Talk about eye candy!!! I love the Evenstar one, it's just gorgeous. You are so talented!!!!

    I still have the beautiful foxglove clip above, it's one of my favorite Ficcares. :)

    I look forward to seeing the new clips you come up with. These are all so stunning!!

    <3 Indigo Girl

  4. I'm with soBobbly. I would scarf that Evenstar one up quicker than you can say "Etsy!" Not sale quality? You're too hard on yourself.