I thought I would mention a little about this because so many people don’t know what this term means. I had been making jewelry for a few months before I knew. Basically, if it’s not a gemstone, bead, or other major component, it’s a finding. The most common findings are:
Here is a link to a really good article on the history of findings.
When it’s at all possible, I make my findings: all my French hook earwires, spiral ear posts, many of my headpins and beaded chain. I have been known to make jump rings, but it’s not practical for me so I generally don’t. I use Argentium half hard round wire, and it is work and tumble hardened.
I’m developing a new line of copper based jewelry. Some of these findings and components I will make from Copper Art Clay. Most I will probably purchase for now, so as to maintain good quality. I will note on the product page if the findings are hand made.