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Make Your Own Wire Clasp In Just 5 Minutes
A wire clasp comes to rescue:
You have just made a beautiful necklace and you only need a clasp to finish it off. The problem is just that you don't have a clasp. So what do you do? Simple, you make your own wire clasp, and you can do it in only 5 minutes.
All you need is a bit of wire, a hammer and an anvil. You don't need a wire-jig, but if you have one, the shaping of the soft curves of these clasps is like a warm breeze. You can however use a pencil, a mandrel, a pen or whatever you like and get the same result.
The wire you use can be of any gauges, depending on whether you want a solid look or a slender one. Thicker wires are a bit harder to bend, but they give a real nice result. Since a clasp must be as solid and safe as possible, the wire should be half hard. A soft wire may be distorted when stress is applied, but a half hard will hold it's shape. If you additionally hammer parts of the clasp flat, you toughen the wire even more, making it a very safe wire clasp.
I have used a soft wire in this tutorial, simply because it is blue and therefor easier for you to see on the photos.
So, are you ready to give it a go?
What you need is:
- Half hard wire, of your desired gauge.
- Wire jig
- Round nose pliers
- Chain-nose pliers
Hook and eye clasp:
Cut a piece of wire about 10 cm long. This is longer than what is needed for the clasp, but a longer wire is easier to bend around the pegs in the wire-jig or the object you use.
Set up your wire-jig as shown in the diagram. The small pegs are of different size, since one is for fastening the wire clasp to the necklace/bracelet and the other, smaller one to pass through the jump ring/eye.
Wrap the wire around the pegs like shown in the diagram and photo. Release it and cut the wire ends. Use the chain-nose pliers to adjust the loops so that the clasp is flat.
Put the clasp onto your anvil and hammer the large curve of the clasp flat. And that is all. You have made a hook and eye clasp.
This is actually a very safe clasp, even for bracelets. It takes a lot of slack to make it open accidentally, and even then, it stays in place because of the loop you put through the eye. It does of course depend on the size of the jump ring, but if you use one that only just about slides over the loop, it is very safe. To fasten it to a necklace/bracelet, use a small jump ring and fasten it to the largest of the loops and then to the jewelry.
You can make variations of this wire clasp by putting one of the pegs further away from the large peg. If you don't have a wire jig, make the small loops with your round nose-pliers, and bend the wire around a pencil or mandrel to make the large curve.
Cut a piece of wire about 12 cm long. Easier to work with a long one, remember?
Set up your wire-jig like shown.
Wrap the wire around the pegs like you can see on the photo and diagram. If you don't use a wire-jig, make a loop in the end of the wire. Make the first curve by bending it around a pencil or mandrel, and do the same with the second curve. Then make the other small loop. Cut the wire ends and use the chain-nose pliers to flatten the clasp.
Hammer the two curves flat with your hammer. Slide on one jump ring and attach the clasp to your necklace/bracelet. Choose a small jump ring size for this, since it prevent the clasp from falling off the jewelry, so non of the loops must be able to slip through it. Fasten a jump ring to the other end of your necklace/bracelet. This will be the ring you use to close the clasp, so it must be possible to slide the loop through it, but just barely.
The two curves in the clasp makes it almost impossible for it to open accidentally. It is suitable for both necklaces and bracelets, and gives you a very safe wire clasp.
You can vary the look of the clasp, by bending the loops and curves with your chain-nose pliers instead of round nose pliers and wig-jig. Make all the curves edgy instead of soft. You can also make one of the curves bigger than the other.
You can see this type of clasp used in this tutorial.
So next time you don't have a clasp, you know how to make a safe wire clasp for your lovely jewelry, and it only takes 5 minutes.
You can se variations of the hook and eye clasp in these tutorials:
Use Links To Build An Elegant Charm Bracelet And Earrings
How You Can Make A Double Hook Clasp
Hook And Eye Clasp - A Simple Clasp With Lots Of Potential
How to fasten a clasp to a beading wire
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