Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Locked BookLoops

I'm experimenting with my BookLoop design again, and here are three ways you can make faux "locked" loops. First you'll need some vintage trims, skeleton keys and antique lock plates:

For the first locked design thread your desired length of ribbon through the fastener holes on the lock plate and tie a loop at the bottom:

Tie a skeleton key on the opposite end of the ribbon, like so:

To fasten the BookLoop, pass the skeleton key through the ribbon loop and tug gently until the loop cinches around the book:

If you have small keys and plates, you can simply tie them as anchors to either end of your ribbon loop, like this:

An alternate way to make a cinching loop is to tie one end of your ribbon to the lock plate, pass the other end of the ribbon through the keyhole, and then tie your skeleton key onto the end as your anchor (this also allows you to use a single length of ribbon versus a doubled loop):

This option doesn't allow you to release the loop (unless your skeleton key is small and thin enough to pass back and forth through the lock plate's keyhole) so you should allow a little extra length of ribbon to slip around your book:


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    1. I love antique bits, especially metal findings, so my browsing in junk stores finally paid off. :)

  2. Fran K11:46 AM

    I too love the new design and wish I'd thought of it! The first one is my favourite, so pretty and practical.

    1. The patina is wonderful on that pair -- and the crackly bits of paint added to the vintage feel, too.

  3. These are beautiful.

    1. Thank you, ma'am. I'll be giving them away in August along with my other Toriana promo stuff, I think. If I can pry my fingers off them.

  4. I love the new design!

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    1. Keeps me out of trouble, too, June. Mostly.


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