Essential Techniques: Findings 2 – Clasps & Necklace Ends

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Clasps

Clasps are the way you connect two ends of a necklace or bracelet.

trigger

TRIGGER

Also known as lobster or parrot clasp. These are the most widely used clasps on the market. Some come with a jumpring attached and they vary in size and style.

bolt-ring

BOLT RING

A cheaper alternative to the trigger clasp. The closing mechanism pushes a bar across the opening. They are used exactly the same way as a trigger clasp.

magnetic-clasp

MAGNETIC

These are great for bracelets when making for yourself or for any person who finds opening and closing clasps difficult. Keep in mind that magnets should be worn with caution in pregnancy and not with pacemakers or by young children.

box-clasp

BOX

Available with one, two or three eyes at the ends. They are great for multi-strung pieces. The lever piece pushes into the box and holds until the lever is pressed down again.

screw-claspSCREW

This type of clasp has been on the market for a long time. Use with designs where the strung section can spin freely in the clasp or your piece will twist as you screw it on.

toggle

TOGGLE

A great choice when making the clasp a feature in your design. They can be placed at the front of a necklace with a pendant hanging from the loop section. Toggles come in a wide variety of novelty styles like, hearts, flowers and stars. They are very easy to make yourself with wire or metal clay.

Necklace Ends

Necklace ends are the pieces that you use to connect the clasp to the strung necklace.

ribbon-crimp

RIBBON/CRIMP ENDS

Used to secure cord or ribbon, these come in a variety of sizes for different width cords and ribbons. Also available for ribbons are ends that hinge from the top.

crimp-ends

CRIMP ENDS

These ends are really quick to attach and hold very securely. The crimp end sizes match standard cord sizes, buy the crimp size that is just larger than the cord. These can also be used with metal rope chain that is purchased by the metre.

coil-ends

COIL ENDS

Coils are a cheaper choice than crimp ends and again are easy to use. They come in a variety of sizes and colour finishes, use them with cord or leather only.

calotte

CALOTTES

These have either a hinge at the bottom or on the side and come in a variety of finishes. Use with thread that can be knotted or nylon coated wire that can be crimped. Add a drop of glue inside the calotte before you close it to help secure the thread or wire.

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  • Date 31st May 2016
  • Tags Essential Techniques
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