g’day – thanks for visiting my blog – I hope you like my tutorials! This is the third tutorial, and is kind of two in one – a fancy hook clasp, including a wire wrapped loops. You can use the wire wrapped loops in place of jump rings on other projects – they look better and are more secure, and they’re kind of fun!
This tutorial is semi-advanced. However, if you’re beginning – give it a crack anyway – just use some craft wire or copper – something you don’t mind messing up – practice makes perfect!
So to make this style of clasp, you need some wire (i’ve used 18ga sterling silver wire – 20ga will do too), wire cutters, flat nosed and round nosed pliers, and a hammer and anvil.
Step 1 – make a loop in your wire, leaving a bit hanging over.
Step 2 – hold the loop securely, and wrap the end bit around the long part of the wire. Keep good tension on the wire – be confident with it – sometimes hesitation will put kinks in the wire and stuff up your loop.
Snip the end of the wire off…
Step 3 – make a larger loop in the wire, bending it back towards your first loop. It’s beginning to look like a hook now!
Snip the end off the wire, leaving some overhang.
Step 4 – curl the end of the loop back against the body of the hook using your round nosed pliers.
Voila – you’ve got a hook!
Step 5 – lightly hammer your hook – not the wrap – just the body of the hook and the looped end. I like to hammer the round curves a little harder for some added strength and a bit of funk.
Step 6 – you’re starting your wire wrapped loop now! Repeat Step 2 above to create the first half of the wire wrapped loop.
Step 7 – repeat Step 3 from before, but not as large as the hook – just slightly larger than your original loop. This will be the bit that the hook will slip into to become a clasp.
Step 8 – wrap the wire around the shaft of the wire – firmly and neatly, and going the opposite way to your first loop if you can – this will allow the ends to meet neatly once you snip the wire.
Step 9 – Snip the wire – see how the ends meet up? Then hammer the ends lightly to create some strength (and the funk!).
Voila! In less than 10 steps you have created both a wire wrapped loop (a technique you will use ALOT in your jewellery making) and a hook – coming together to form a lovely clasp.
Making your own clasps is fun, it adds an extra handmade element to your jewellery, great for your item description – and gives you a bit of jewellers cred too.
I hope you found this tutorial useful! Please use the voter, or comment on this post to tell me what to do next!!!