I am making a walking/hiking stick and have a bear claw I'd like to attach with a leather strand to the stick. What can I put on the bear claw so I can run the leather strand through to attach? Thanks!
Wire-wrapping would be a great option for making a handmade bail to attach to a leather strand.
Using flush-cutters, cut a length of wire that allows for multiple wraps around the claw and for creating a bail (probably somewhere between 8 to 10 inches.) Wrap the wire perpendicular to the base of the claw.
Wrap the wire around the base three to four times creating an attractive coil to secure the wire in place
Bend the wire above the base of the claw and create a loop (a briolette style loop would work nicely here)
Bend the wire back down to the wire wraps around the base of the claw
Wrap the wire around the base one to two more times
Tuck the end of the wire under the edge of the wraps for a finished secure end